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->''"This power that we have comes from a dark place, but it's not who we are. And we can use it to help people."''
-->-- '''Johnny Blaze''', ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance''

You've heard of BadPowersBadPeople, where people got [[BlessedWithSuck powers that only seemed to have evil uses]] and went evil. You've heard of GoodPowersBadPeople, where bad people used their good-themed powers to do evil.

But what about the good people who got blessed with evil powers...who try to use those powers for good? Some folks are able to turn this to their advantage, others find that they can't do it.

Goes hand-in-hand with DarkIsNotEvil. [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Friendly Neighborhood Vampires]] also often exhibit this trope. If a character's "good" use for their bad powers is that they only use them against villains, then it counts as GoodIsNotSoft or even PayEvilUntoEvil (depending on the nature of the Bad Powers).

Contrast MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch; that's when it's a matter of a member of a (commonly thought to be) AlwaysChaoticEvil species decides to cowboy up for the good guys. A subtrope is FaustianRebellion, where powers the BigBad granted to a former minion are used this way. Also see PhlebotinumRebel, where good guys use powers made by the bad guys but they're not "bad powers" per se. Compare to MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds and AntiAntichrist.


* In the early 2010s there was a truly disturbing TV commercial for Skittles candy where a man is shown impressing people with his ability to turn anything he touches into a pile of Skittles. Which is cool until the man points out that he can no longer touch anyone he loves and that he ''may have already killed people'' accidentally this way (in fact the concept isn't much different than the above trope illustration).

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** Kenshiro is the successor to the deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which relies on hitting {{Pressure Point}}s to kill your enemies in very gruesome ways (usually by [[YourHeadAsplode making their heads explode]]). Ken also happens to be one of the kindest people in the entire CrapsackWorld he inhabits, and uses the pressure point techniques of the art to heal as well as to kill.
** This applies to his adoptive brother Toki as well, who uses the same assassin's art that Kenshiro does. He does so as a kindly, almost messianic doctor, using Hokuto Shinken to heal diseases and afflictions even though he himself is sick with terminal radiation poisoning.
** Shew, a benevolent blind warrior who looks after orphans, uses the Nanto Hakuro Ken style, which involves the ability to carve people to pieces by kicking them. In one instance he performs a HurricaneKick so potent that it cleanly decapitates everyone in a ten foot radius.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''
** It's made clear from the start that Ayanami Rei is not a normal human, but somehow directly connected to the creation of the [[EldritchAbomination giant nightmare horror fighting]], [[HumongousMecha giant organic superweapons]]. Her actual purpose is to [[spoiler:more or less extinguish all life on Earth, and her superpowers (which are not really on full display until ''End of Evangelion'') are the same as those wielded by the giant monsters that are hell-bent on doing the same]]. Regardless, she is identified as one of the good guys... until she actually ''does'' use her power. But she did it for love, and mostly because Shinji told her to, so it's all okay.
** From the same series there's also Kaworu, who's the last of the Angels with the potential of destroying all mankind [[HumanoidAbomination who happens to look like a human.]] Fortunately Kaworu is loving and compassionate, and after a token attempt at causing the extinction of all life on Earth, he gives up and asks Shinji to kill him in order to protect humanity.
* ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'': Kofuku is a binbougami, a god(dess) of misfortune and poverty, but she's very sweet and bubbly and a good friend to Yato, Hiyori, and Yukine. Sort of up for debate as she has moments wherein she's more ChaoticNeutral doing things she knows will probably bring trouble, such as going out with a guy whose life is progressively going to the dumps or continuing to play in an amusement park when rides are falling apart around her, because she doesn't want to miss out on a good time.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' for almost all of the series, Scar's ability is to destroy things. Though alchemists don't see his power of destruction as evil, but merely as incomplete, as it is (together with understanding and reconstruction) a part of every alchemical transformation.
** We are led to believe that he is an instance of BadPowersBadPeople at first but it is quickly revealed that both he and his motives are more complex than they first appear. When he's not quite heroic his murders are more a matter of WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer, than evil.
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': The protagonist's [[EvilHand arm]] is infected with some kind of tentacle-[[BuffySpeak y]] incarnation of hatred, which among other things, allows him to shoot arrows hard enough to decapitate people and bend swords with his bare hand. He hates fighting, and spends most of the movie trying to end the war between Iron Town and [[GaiasVengeance the forest]].
* ''Manga/SoulEater'', everyone, heroes and villains alike, is either a human who can [[EquippableAlly turn into a weapon]] and powers up by eating souls or someone who wields them (hence the title). The main difference is their choice of diet; the good weapons feed on the souls of evil people, whereas the evil characters feed on the souls of anyone they wish.
** Some of protagonists are even still ''called'' Demon Weapons by heritage.
** Arachne appeared to create the Weapons simply to see what would [[ForScience happen]], and they've turned out various ways - some using their powers for good, others allying with the Big Bads, others just out for themselves. No-where does Arachne explain ''what'' she wanted the original/s for, and if its manifestation is the Nakatsukasa Purpose Tsubaki is host to, it isn't even inherently 'Bad'.
** This trope is basically Kid's whole argument [[spoiler:to the Witch Council]] as to why the DWMA and witches coexisting is possible. They have immense destructive power and a natural compulsion to use it, but it can still be channeled toward positive ends:
-->'''Kid:''' All humans possess a destructive instinct in them to a greater or less extent. Yet there are many ways to exhibit this instinct... If one craves to demolish something, there are many places that need demolishing.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Warden Magellan is literally a [[PoisonousPerson Poison Man]]. He breathes poison, he sweats poison, he eats poison, etc. He is one of the most dangerous people in the world. What does he do with those powers? He guards the prison of Impel Down and prevents all of history's worst criminals from endangering the general public. [[GoodIsNotNice On the other hand]], he's also shown to be very apathetic about the fates of his charges and has on several occasions killed a number of them for such minor offenses as being too noisy. To say nothing of the massively inhumane state of the prison in general.
** Brook has what he initially believes to be the power to bring himself back from the dead once--an extra life, in other words. However, it turns out that he actually has [[spoiler:the power of spirits and the underworld. He can control the chilling winds of Hell and bring them into the mortal realm; move around souls, such as extracting them from people (including himself); and instill pure fear in others.]] Not to mention that he is an [[DemBones animated skeleton]]. In spite of these frightening powers, he enjoys companionship very much, is easily emotionally moved by stories people tell him, and is into planking. He was also introduced as the premier zombie exorcist. Amusingly, despite his fearsome powers, Brook is easily frightened by bizarre things that happen near him.
* Similarly to Magellan above, Coco from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' uses [[PoisonousPerson poison as his main weapon]], but he is one of the [[NiceGuy nicest, politest and kindest]] characters in the entire series.
** Sunny has feelers - [[CombatTentacles tentacles]] so thin that normal people can't even see them, which he uses to immobilize creatures and then cook them alive. If that hasn't seem evil enough, he later learns to control bodies by inserting his feelers into the nerve centers. And then later he learns how to channel hunger of the [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination that lives inside his cells]], turning his feelers into all-devouring tentacles, which without his control could wipe out all life on the planet. And despite all that, he's still a good guy.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' we have [[spoiler:Anri Sonohara]]. She's the host of the EvilWeapon Saika, capable of turning everyone it wounds into part of its HiveMind... And yet she is a firm believer in that anything people do for her should be paid back (even saving the one person she absolutely ''loathes'' from what looked like a horrible death because he had helped her that one time back then), and she's taking [[CuteMonsterGirl Celty]]'s advice to try and use Saika's power for the best to heart.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', Miroku's right hand is cursed with a vacuum-like supernova black hole (dubbed [[WeaponsThatSuck "Wind Tunnel"]]) that he can barely control (by "control" we mean he can aim in a very general sense, and keeps it sealed with prayer beads when not in use). It has the ability to make anything disappear. Unless he defeats [[BigBad the demon who cursed his ancestor]], it will eventually swallow him. Being a Buddhist monk, Miroku uses it as a [[WeaponsThatSuck weapon]] to protect the innocent and never uses it on humans. In fact, in his original meeting with Inuyasha and Kagome, Miroku attacks Inuyasha and attempts to suck him into the Wind Tunnel. Inuyasha is saved because Kagome takes a leap of faith and Miroku has to quickly seal the Wind Tunnel before she's sucked in. This being AFTER Miroku runs to a safe distance from town in order to avoid innocent victims.
* Light Yagami of ''Manga/DeathNote'' claims to be this when [[ArtifactOfDeath the title artifact]] grants him the power [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer to kill people]], saying he wants to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make a better world (by killing off all the bad people in it)]], but a combination of [[AGodAmI God Complex]] and extreme ruthlessness send him down the [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope slippery slope]].
** He goes mad with power pretty much the instant he accepts that the Death Note works. By the original appearance of "L", he's perfectly okay with killing people for just challenging his authority.
** Played Straight with Gelus and Rem-Gods of Death who are very protective of the people that have gained their love and loyalty.
** Matsuda sort of mentions this trope, showing how confused he is. While he certainly doesn't think that Kira killing people is ''good'' thing, he does have to admit that [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the results]] are.
* Saiga, the hero of ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' is the only non-villainous Euphoric, and like the rest of them, his powers are a manifestation of his deepest (generally sexual) desire, and in his case, involves making anything he takes a picture of explode. Besides starting as a fairly good guy, an important part of his characterization is how he hates his powers and just [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants to be normal]]. Because he was a famous war photographer and would sometimes get a RagingStiffie when taking a particularly good photo, he's horrified by the implication that deep down he wanted to kill his subjects, and besides that, hates the fact that his powers make him unable to take a normal picture of anything.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', we have Munakata. In a world of people with strange powers, Munakata was born with an abnormal desire and ability to kill. He is, in fact, a serial killer who first killed at the age of 5, and he carried more hidden weapons than anyone else, ever. Just looking at someone makes him want to kill them. Except, as it turns out, he's never actually killed anyone. His serial killer status and creepy talk of killing lives (literally, "will these kill your life?") are purely to scare people away so he doesn't kill them--the serial killer charge is all fake. As he says, his killing desire is the real deal, and he wants more than anything to kill people, but restrains himself. "[[CaptainObvious Because, if you kill a person, they will die.]]"
** Later on we get Emukae, one of Kumagawa's Minuses. When first introduced she becomes a StalkerWithACrush for Zenkichi, but over time she becomes more sympathetic, thanks to the reveal of just how badly her powers have messed her life up: she makes anything she touches rot away, [[PowerIncontinence and she can't turn it off]]. Her seeming nuttiness over love is just her wanting to be able to form '''any''' kind of connection with another human being without killing them; the reason she's loyal to Kumagawa is because he's the only person she can touch (his own power let him undo the damage) and he treats her very nicely. [[spoiler:Emukae suffers a crisis of conscience during the student council battle and ends up undergoing a HeelFaceTurn; Kumagawa, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wanting her to be happy]], uses his power to "rewrite" her own power so she has full control over it.]]
*** Pretty much any of the Minuses qualify; Kumagawa found several people like him who had bad powers and united them so they could show exactly what {{Cosmic Plaything}}s can do when they work together. They aren't necessarily villains, they just think reality is trying to force them to be bad guys, so they decide to be the best damn bad guys they can and work to defeat Medaka, whom they consider one of life's "protagonists" thanks to her being a BornWinner.
* Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has the power of absolute MindControl, which (according to the novelization) he finds loathsome because he hates taking peoples' free will away from them. This serves to explain why he never really uses it to its full potential by ordering people to become his slaves [[spoiler:until he crosses his DespairEventHorizon, and resolves to achieve his goals whether he needs to sacrifice his morals or even his own life]].
** Even after crossing the line, he prefers to use commands that have the smallest possible impact on the recipient to get the result he needs. For example, instead of rendering [[spoiler: Guilford]] his mindslave when he needs his loyalty for something, he hypnotizes him to temporarily [[spoiler: see Lelouch as Cornelia]] at the opportune time.
* Tsubaki in ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor''. Festum. Capable of mindraping people. Could fight by generating black holes. Someone else in similar straits to her is a hate-driven madman that is the closest thing the story has to an individual villain. Instead she's among the nicest and most considerate people in the story.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Shino (and every other member of the Aburame clan) was made into a living hive for deadly insects at birth, but he's one of the good guys and a reasonably decent person (though other people do consider him weird).
** Similarly, Shikamaru (and the rest of the Nara clan) has the ability to manipulate shadows and control other people's motions (eventually gaining the ability to stab and ''strangle'' people), and Ino (and the other Yamanakas) has the ability to fire her soul into others and possess them (with other techniques including mind reading and making your opponents attack each other). Neither of them (or their parents) are even remotely evil.
** For that matter, the Jinchuuriki gain powerful abilities by being permanently bonded with Tailed Beasts, gigantic supernatural creatures that are largely viewed as incarnations of evil. Some go screaming off the deep end, either due to isolation or the Beasts being dicks, but others, such as the title character, use the power this grants them for benevolent purposes.
** The Mangekyo Sharingan, which can only be awakened by the trauma of losing a loved one, is one of [[EccentricMentor Kakashi's]] most valuable abilities, and was used by [[spoiler:Shisui]] in an attempt to avert a devastating conflict. [[spoiler:Itachi's]] use of it also falls into this when [[spoiler:he's resurrected and stops pretending to be evil]].
** The Second Hokage in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has created a {{Necromancy}} technique which needs HumanSacrifice and rips souls out the afterlife (though he does get a few WhatTheHellHero comments from other characters for inventing such a technique, including from the [[TheIdealist 1st Hokage]]). The Third and Fourth Hokages know a technique to seal souls in the belly of a Shinigami. Everyone with the title of Hokage has put the lives of their villagers well above their own well-being.
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'':
** Gennosuke is a kind and honorable man who wants nothing more than peace, but he has a particularly horrifying and violent power. His DeadlyGaze ability fills those he's looking at with intense fear and pain, causing them to kill themselves in incredibly {{gorn}}y ways. Interestingly, this power is actually well-suited to his personality rather than contrasting with it. He's a MartialPacifist and his power involves directing others' murderous impulses against them. So, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his enemies destroy themselves in the same way they wished to harm him]].
** Kagerou has a toxic body and KissOfDeath, but the series mostly depicts this as a tragedy for her because it prevents from ever having the chance to be the with the man she loves, and she's depicted sympathetically rather than as an evil person.
* Manga/{{Devilman}}, especially in the anime, where Akira uses his power to protect his girlfriend. In the other adaptions, he's still this, but the [[CrapSackWorld world's too evil, infected, and screwed up for him]] to protect without making him look like a evil murderous monster himself.
** His genderflipped version in ''Manga/DevilmanLady'' has the exact same problem.
* Hikitsu from ''Manga/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden''. One of his powers is a sort of [[MindRape hypnosis]] by which a person sees their worst memory or their greatest fear. Because he recognizes its cruelty potential (and it alienates him as well), he hides the eye with this ability under an EyepatchOfPower.
* The main character of ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' is the typical [[TheHero Hero]] archetype. Why is he here? His power, "Melchsee's Door", can be described as a ''super-destructive ball of shadow that attacks and destroys anything it sees as dangerous.''
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' provides a strange example with [[spoiler: Guts' and Casca's child.]] When we first see it post-timeskip, it appears to be on the evil side of things due to being corrupted by [[spoiler:Femto's demon-rape]] However, it turns out to be [[LoveRedeems very loyal]] to its parents and uses its demonic influence to shield its mother from a mass of monsters that were drawn to [[spoiler: her brand.]]
* A one-shot character in the manga ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers Special]]'' was Winnie, a girl with necromantic abilities so innate she uses them reflexively. However, she is actually very shy and is at first even scared of her own creations, despite being unable to stop using her powers. She genuinely means no harm, though.
* Arguably [[spoiler:Vash the Stampede]] from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. Not only does [[spoiler: misfortune and mass property damage follow him like a magnet,]] but [[spoiler: his arm turns into a giant gun that blows up cities and put a giant crater in the moon.]] However, he is one of the most likeable and peace-loving guys out there. He even claims to hate the sight of blood. He has [[spoiler: only killed one person in the entire anime, that being Lagato Bluesummers in one of the last episodes. And even then, Legato was forcing Vash to hold the gun to his head while readying to kill Meryl.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** CombatTentacles is usually a villain trope for a reason. Combine it with further traditional unpleasantness such as EnergyAbsorption, VampiricDraining and TheFightingNarcissist and you end up with... Yumichika, a ''protagonist'' who's [[AlmightyJanitor hiding]] his CoverBlowingSuperpower because of UndyingLoyalty to his division's [[FunctionalMagic anti-kidou]] BloodKnight philosophy.
** Hollows are malevolent beings, the spirits of humans that have been consumed by base instinct and which are driven to consume other souls, be they human or other hollows. They can possess great powers, and the strongest of them can be even more powerful than Shinigami captains. However, the Vaizards and Ichigo possess boosted spiritual power as a result of an [[SuperPoweredEvilSide inner hollow]] they've learned to control. Fullbringers are born from mothers that were left spiritually tainted after surviving hollow attacks. The taint manifests in future children as a hollow-born power. Sado fights to protect the innocent and supports Ichigo. The feeling of the hollow power within is unpleasant, but he only uses his power for good.
** Quincies descend from a [[TheEmperor progenitor king]] who is pure evil and are the only beings capable of destroying a soul instead of sending it through the reincarnation cycle. Quincy activities threaten the Balance of Souls between worlds, endangering existence. The Shinigami have therefore been forced to try and exterminate them twice (a thousand years ago and two hundred years ago). However, the Ishida family uniquely believes in protecting lives. Souken Ishida spent his life trying to find a way to get the Quincies and Shinigami working together to protect humanity, and Uryuu Ishida usually fights by Ichigo's side against the villains. Ryuuken Ishida is the story's only genuine Quincy healer, refusing to follow the Quincy path and working instead as a doctor. [[spoiler:Zangetsu is eventually revealed to be a fake Zanpakutou, the manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy heritage which was controlling his Shinigami and Hollow heritage.]]
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Ixpellia from ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'', an immortal king who has the power to turn fields of corpses into armies of Mariages, which are SuperSoldier [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Cyborg Zombies]] filled with battle lust. [[ShroudedInMyth History remembered her as a barbaric Dark King]], though, in reality, she's a jaded MysteriousWaif sick of all the fighting and tried to [[KingInTheMountain seal herself and her army of the dead away from the world as much as possible]].
** Much earlier, Hayate from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' has the power of a tome that is known for its destruction powers in the cause of the history. Hayate is so nice that she manages to separate the tome's corrupted Automatic Defense Program, and uses her power for good.
** Thoma Avenir is infected by the Eclipse, a virus which turns the infectees into murderous killing machines who are depended to kill other people to survive. Lily Strosek, Thoma's Reactor Plug, is able to suppress the virus, so Thoma can use his powers to fight for good.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Sailor Pluto has power over the Time and Death, to be specific, one of her basic attacks is a projectile formed from the [[MakeMeWannaShout screams of the dead]]. Sailor Saturn has domain over Destruction and Rebirth, and has the ability to [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy an entire planet with her powers]]. They are both also quite firmly on the heroic side of the spectrum.
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', the Contractor Shihoko has the horrible power of melting people's organs from the inside and the [[BlessedWithSuck equally horrible]] Renumeration of regaining morality briefly after using it, prompting [[HeroicBSOD crushing guilt]]. She's not a bad sort, and tries to avoid using her power whenever possible.
* Faust VIII in ''Manga/ShamanKing'', a necromancer descended from the original Faust, at first seems to be an example of BadPowersBadPeople: he initially shows up as a villain (and incidentally, one of the only characters able to decisively beat Yoh), but later pulls a HeelFaceTurn after Anna [[spoiler: brings his wife back from the dead]] and ends up falling into this trope instead. Later in the series, he focuses on being a superb healer rather than a strong fighter.
* ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' has the "cursed children," children that are born with the Gastrea virus in their blood and can manipulate the virus to grant themselves superhuman powers. This is the same virus that causes people to turn into [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] [[spoiler:including the cursed children themselves in a much slower rate]]. Enju Aihara, one of the cursed children, happens to be one of the [[NiceGirl most kind-hearted characters]] in the series.
* In ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'', demons typically [[EmotionEater draw strength from people's negative emotions]]. Whereas Lucifer's first few appearances have him causing terror to further empower himself, Maou is content to [[BroughtDownToNormal live like a human]], and whenever his powers do return (usually because of something scary and/or dangerous the villains have just done), Maou draws on people's fear and panic and then uses it to save them, defeat the villain, and undo as much damage as possible.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia,'' Hitoshi Shinsou's Quirk is [[spoiler:[[MindControl Brainwashing]]]]. He's [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore a bit exasperated]] by people noting how good that power is for a ''villain,'' despite his dream of being a Pro Hero. It's also a power that was essentially useless for the UA Entrance Exam, which involves fighting robots; fortunately for him, he gets a lot of attention from Pro Heroes after fighting [[TheProtagonist Izuku]] in the [[TournamentArc Sports Festival]], with many commenting on how incredibly useful his power could be fighting villains.
** One of the instructors, Thirteen, has a [[UnrealisticBlackHole Black Hole]] Quirk that reduces everything to dust. As she[[AmbiguousGender (?)]] notes, this could easily be used to kill people, but Thirteen is a rescue hero, focusing on saving people from disasters instead of fighting people.
** Other members of the academy have this to lesser degrees, such as Mina's Quirk "Acid", which lets her produce liquids of varying degrees of corrosiveness, or Tokoyami's LivingShadow quirk, or Bakugo's ability to generate nitroglycerin-fueled explosions from his hands. All of these characters are more heroic than their Quirk suggests (with the partial exception of Bakugo, who's more of a {{Jerkass}} AntiHero.)
* In ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'', [[spoiler:Aoi]] finds her CompellingVoice RoyaltySuperpower too repugnant to use. The only time she uses it intentionally was to resolve a robbery in a department store, and she decided to drop out of the [[ElectiveMonarchy royal election]] exactly because of this, despite being the most popular candidate (without the mind control even).
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', some of the good guys have powers which, typically, only baddies have.
** Ban, the immortal thief, can use his magic to "steal" practically anything, whether a physical object or even a person's stats, like their agility or strength. It returns eventually, but he can be dangerous when combining it with his immortality, {{No Sell}}ing hits and secretly weakening the enemy.
** King, a powerful fairy, has a weapon that releases spores which increase the sizes of wounds, and petrifies his enemies.
** Gowther an androgynous human, has {{Mind Rap|e}}ing powers, from making people relive nightmares to rewriting whole sections of a person's life. He can even make people who are his enemy think he (and his comrades) are their good friends bordering on lovers. His comrades tell him to never use that on them.
** Hendrickson, one of the Great Holy Knights, has the power of Acid, and able to dissolve any who gets in the way. He developed it from his youth where he was tasked with destroying corpses so their bodies couldn't be stolen.
** Then there are the ones, some of the above included, who are out right persons of mass destruction and not ones you want to be on the wrong side of a blade against. One of the titular sins [[spoiler:destroyed and entire country, as in left a great gaping hole in the ground where the country once was]].
* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable ]]'' has a case of Bad-'''Looking''' Powers, Good People in the form of Tonio Trussardi. His [[FightingSpirit Stand]] Pearl Jam allows him to make food that heals the physical ailments of those who eat it...however, it does so by replacing the afflicted body parts, often rather [[BodyHorror viscerally]]. When Okuyasu dines at Trussardi, he has puffy eyes from lack of sleep, a stiff shoulder, cavities in two teeth, indigestion, and athlete's foot; Tonio's food fixes him by [[spoiler:almost literally making him cry his eyes out, making him scratch a softball-sized wad of dead skin off his shoulder, launching the rotten teeth out of his jaw like bullets, and making his digestive tract fall out of his stomach (we don't see what happens with the athlete's foot).]] Is it any wonder Josuke initially thought Tonio was a bad guy?
** [[spoiler:Foo Fighters]] from ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean ]]'' is Jolyne's good friend, reliable ally and a CombatMedic. She is also happens to be [[spoiler:a [[WormThatWalks sentient mass of plankton]] and survives on land by [[PuppeteerParasite posessing corpses]] and using them as meat suits.]]
** Fugo's Purple Haze, a downright rabid-looking Stand that attacks indiscriminately with a flesh-eating virus. While Fugo can be aggressive and even violent on occasion, he's nowhere near as sinister as his Stand would suggest.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Terrence Ward, AKA "Trauma," from ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative'', is this trope personified. He has the power to physically change himself into anyone's deepest fear. This certainly makes him a formidable opponent in combat. But the most interesting use of this power is for therapeutic purposes. As an aspiring therapist, he could help troubled individuals to literally face their fears, or otherwise put their minds at ease with it. An example: Henry Gyrich is terrified of falling victim to Alzheimer's Disease. [[DoppelgangerGetsSameSentiment Trauma then changes into Gyrich's deceased father as he remembers him]].
-->"It's not in you, son... You're clean. Such a good boy, sticking with me to the very end..."
* Laurel Darkhaven of ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' used her power to telekinetically manipulate small objects to kill people... but her final act was to use those powers to make soil fertile again.
* Johnny Alpha in ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' has MindRape among his powers, and he is TheHero.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Wither was an example until his FaceHeelTurn. The poor guy had an even worse case of PowerIncontinence than Rogue's, [[MakeThemRot decaying anything he touched]], including his girlfriend. X-villain Selene, whose immortality makes her mostly immune to Wither's powers, seduced him and added Wither to her coven by convincing him that the nature of his power made him a natural predator.
** So was the more popular ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, whose touch could put people in comas (usually temporary, but sometimes ''permanently''). She started out as a villain, but threw herself on the X-Men's mercy when the psychic echoes of ComicBook/MsMarvel's personality threatened to drive her insane; after spending some time with the team, she soon developed into a hero in her own right.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', when a teenage boy's mutant powers first manifest, he discovers that his only power is to unconsciously vaporize all living tissue within a mile. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Without realizing it until it was far too late, he became responsible for hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths]], including those of his mother, his dog, his girlfriend, and every single person in his school. To prevent the nature of this incident from becoming public (and thus, demonizing all mutants irrevocably), he had to be [[TearJerker put down]] by Wolverine, whose healing factor kept him from being vaporized. Wolverine did NOT enjoy doing it.
** During the Punisher's "Angelic" phase, he had a run-in with Wolverine where they tried to stop a special Morlock with the power to spread death around her, killing anyone around her without a healing factor. To stop her from reaching the surface and killing the whole of New York, Wolverine and Punisher tried to stop her and in the end the angels called her to heaven. The worst part was that she wasn't evil: she was sealed in a tube by her parents when she was a child due to her powers and just wanted to be free, seeing people trying to help her as devils and people trying to kill her as angels.
* Leetah in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' always uses her healing powers for good, except in one scene in "Kings of the Broken Wheel", where Rayek pisses her off so badly she uses them to blast him with pain, just as she's seen Winnowill do. Probably not a good idea, since he happens to be flying her somewhere at the time. [[spoiler:He drops her. She survives.]] An interesting and continuing thematic between Leetah and Winnowill is that the ''only'' difference between their healing abilities is how they choose to use them. The proper name for healing in the [=ElfQuest=] universe? ''Flesh-shaping''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Raven}}'', from several of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic incarnations, is the daughter of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic]] Trigon and intended to serve in destroying the world. Instead, [[AntiAntiChrist she opposes him]] and fights for good with the other Titans.
* The DC character Mister Bones. He is a [[DemBones walking skeleton]] (his skin and organs are transparent) and he has a deadly "cyanide touch" that can kill almost anyone he comes in contact with. Needless to say, he began as a villain. However, he has since reformed and is now the director of the DEO, a government department that deals with superheroes. He may not be unambiguously heroic, but is typically on the side of the good guys, or at least not actively against them. A big part of this is because his most famous victim, Skyman, was killed when Solomon Grundy ''forced'' Bones to touch him. Bones was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone deeply traumatized]] by the incident and it helped lead to his HeelRealization.
* Phobos, God of Fear, Son of War, in the MarvelUniverse is a CreepyChild with fear based powers. He's an unambiguously heroic character.
** Though he did cause a panic when he broke into the White House during the Siege event at the end of ComicBook/DarkReign. It turns out he just wanted to talk to the president about the cost of lives that putting Osborn in charge had caused (including the life of his father, Ares). Since the president was naturally evacuated, he left a note on the desk in the Oval office... written in what looks like blue crayon.
*** And that was after seeing Ares ripped in half on national television. Some people would call that restraint, for a god.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** Toxin is a morally upright police officer that [[ClothesMakeTheManiac ends up with a symbiote]] and decides to use it to do good.
** After [[DeadGuyJunior Normie]] [[LegacyCharacter Osborn]] bonds with the Venom-symbiote in ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'' he manages to convince it to undergo a HeelFaceTurn.
** In 616 [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} Eddie Brock]] pulled a HeelFaceTurn as well and became Anti-Venom. And then he lost the Anti-Venom symbiote and became a WellIntentionedExtremist on a quest to destroy all symbiotes. ...Which lasted about five seconds before he became Toxin's new host.
** The US army chose Flash Thompson to become the Venom symbiote's latest host, putting it to use in the service of his country. Eventually, he made the transition into a superhero (unlike Normie, Flash hasn't convinced the symbiote to change; he does his best to keep it in check through willpower and drug-induced sedation).
** After being "inverted" in ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', Carnage makes a HeelFaceTurn. Having spent most of his life as a bloodthirsty psycho, [[HeroWithAnFInGood he's not very good at being good]], but bless him, he's trying.
* The scarab of the ComicBook/BlueBeetle is revealed to be an agent of the Reach, an ancient enemy of the Franchise/{{Green Lantern}}s who created the scarab as part of a hive mind that controls the wearer. Fortunately, the Blue Beetle's scarab gets separated from the hive mind, manages to develop a sense of self thanks to the good heart of its wearer Jaime Reyes, and becomes a sentient being of good.
* The king of [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Inhumans]], Black Bolt, can level a city, cause distant dormant volcanoes to become active once more, shake entire continents apart and generate tremors on the far side of the planet ''with a whisper''. In fact, if he hadn't undergone rigorous mental training to prevent himself from uttering even the smallest sound (even while asleep) entire planets could be lost with a mere utterance of noise. He's got a power that an evil OmnicidalManiac dreams of.
* [[{{Plaguemaster}} Infectious Lass]], a member of the [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legion of Substitute Heroes]], causes plagues wherever she goes, but is really a nice person.
** During the Legion's [[CrisisCrossover pre-Zero Hour]], a young man from the present named Jamm was attacked by [[ToServeMan a spinal-fluid-sucking space parasite]] and inadvertently given mind control powers. At first he used his powers for his own amusement, including [[FanService getting various female characters to strip]]. [[ComesGreatResponsibility After getting an abject lesson in responsibility from the Legion]], he returned to our time. Later, he and a band of other superpowered parasite victims encountered the heroes made comatose by a supersized parasite. [[http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p278/lammal412/Jamm1.jpg Shaken, Jamm commanded the heroes to awaken, thus saving their lives.]]
* Comicbook/GhostRider, the Spirit of Vengeance, is a monstrous being empowered by the Devil whose exploits involve a whole lot of serial MindRape. He's one of Marvel's most iconic superheroes, thanks largely to a generous dose of PayEvilUntoEvil and to his altruistic actions towards anyone who ''isn't'' [[AssholeVictim on his hit list]]. That MindRape ability? It's useless against people who AREN'T evil. The pain inflicted is based on how many sins / crimes the target has committed. So it's basically divine punishment, in the sense that you can't hide what you did. However he did use this on a clown who had been forced to pretend to be evil as he was working undercover.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' is basically all about this trope. Hellboy himself, obviously, derives his power from his demonic ancestry, and was [[AntiAntiChrist supposed to bring about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but was raised by a kindly professor and chose to be good instead.
** Liz Sherman has the power to burn things with her mind. When she was young she accidentally killed a dozen people including her family. For a while, she believed her power was evil, but later she learns to control it.
** The spinoff series ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' has Dr. Johann Krauss, a ghostly German scientist with the power to communicate with the dead and possess inanimate objects. He uses his powers to fight evil.
* ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} from Franchise/TheDCU is a former knight of the Round Table with a demon trapped inside him. He is pretty much a good guy, and one of Batman's friends.
* ComicBook/{{Spawn}} is a HumanoidAbomination whose powers involve a large amont of BodyHorror, demonic abilities, and, much like Ghost Rider, he got them from a DealWithTheDevil. While morally ambiguous, he is one of the closest thing to a good guy in his universe, and while he gruesomely murders his enemies, most of them [[AssholeVictim have it coming big time]].
* Ratman from ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}'' is a wererat and started out as a criminal, mostly because his rat-like qualities and rattothropy made him unpopular. He quickly changed sides after he developed a crush on Becky, who he subsequently strove to protect.
* In ''ComicBook/CommonGrounds''...you'd think a guy like the Acidic Jew would be a bad guy, right? Acid touch and all that? But no. He concentrates as hard as he can to keep his powers at bay, and is always there to help in the event of crisis; he saved dozens of lives after the Oklahoma City bombings.
* Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/ManThing is incredibly strong and nigh invulnerable. Also, if you know fear, his touch will cause you to burst into mystical flame and die. Suffice it to say, he's utterly terrifying to behold. He's a good guy who had his own long running series. (Technically, Man-Thing isn't really a hero. He's usually not even ''sapient''. That said, only villains tend to be burned by the touch of Man-Thing. You would think that a victim who went from being assaulted by criminals to having a HumanoidAbomination show up would be the ''most'' terrified, and thus attract Man-Thing's attack instincts, but in practice, it's villains' fear of justice that draws him.)
** Then there are guys like Random. Random has the charming ability to turn his arms into guns. He can generate dozens of barrels from one arm and just start blasting away. Sure, he comes from UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|OfComicBooks}}, but he is actually meant to be a TotallyRadical, happy-go-lucky guy who shoots a lot of people every day. He was on the X-Men. You don't see him much these days, for a few reasons; one of them is that he has basically the same power and personality as despicable villain Bushwhacker.
** The (second) Scorpion, Carmilla Black, has a TouchOfDeath, but later learns that [[spoiler:this power is both the only thing stopping her from being mind controlled by terrorist group A.I.M. and the only thing able to defeat their biological weapon.]]
* ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'' plays with this trope; Comicbook/TheAvengers recruit and train several teenagers with either bad powers or budding sociopathy to specifically prevent them from turning into supervillains. How they eventually deal with this remains to be seen.
-->'''Mettle:''' ''"Look at us. Big monster guy, the human electric chair, poison gas girl, assassin chick, t-rex boy, and Chernobyl in Abercrombie and Fitch. One wrong move and any one of us could be a murderer."''
* ComicBook/AlphaFlight's Purple Girl/Persuasion had a rough start, but has consistently been one of the good guys since, despite the mind control powers she inherited from her evil father. Though she eventually did a heel turn and became the villain the Purple Woman. Becoming exactly like her father.
* Nico Minoru from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has a dark magic spell casting staff that emerges whenever she bleeds. She's also the kindhearted leader of the group who is noted to be too trusting.
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange - very few people seem to remember his official title at first was not "Master of the Mystic Arts" but "Master of the ''Dark'' Arts" and he was very often invoking names of demons and evil beings to lend him power, until various adventures haven't set him against them. Even today, when him using dark magic is potrayed in more morally ambigious light, he is a good guy who isn't afraid of fighting fire with fire.
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' had a minor antagonist named Melter who is kindhearted guy and really wants to help people, but his power is to ''melt them''. It didn't help that the superhero team he assembled featured mostly antiheroes and psychos and that their influence started to get to him. And once he broke off with them, he ended up in the hands of [[ComicBook/IronMan Mandarin]] who lead him to full FaceHeelTurn.
* In ''ComicBook/DeathVigil'', necromancers summon all sorts of nasty monsters from beyond the Veil to unleash hell on Earth. One of the most dangerous is a True Primordial, whose very appearance can kill standard humans. Allistor, a necromancer uneasily allied with the Vigil, has bound a True Primordial to his daughter and uses its power to keep other necromancers and monsters from doing more damage.
* ''ComicBook/{{The 99}}'' has Darr the Afflicter, a wheelchair-bound young man who has the ability to inflict pain upon others, and Wakila the Guardian, a little girl whose powers cause abusers to feel all the pain they've inflicted upon others.
* At one point in the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersBeastWars'' side comic books, Razorbeast is infected by Angolmois energy, a powerfully corruptive, evil force that mutates its victims into savage berserkers. No surprise, since it's the raw essence of ''Unicron''. He still has enough of his senses to turn his newfound power and fury against the Predacons as well as Unicron's heralds and use his mutation-enhanced strength for the forces of good, but [[spoiler:it doesn't last once he runs out of unquestionable enemies to fight and his best friend has to put him down before he endangers humans or Maximals.]]

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* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' -- When Caesar asks Huey, "If you could have any super power then what would it be?" he responds with:
-->'''Huey:''' [[MindOverMatter I'd crush the throats of the insolent]] like [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]].\\
'''Caesar:''' [[WellIntentionedExtremist You know how I say you go too far sometimes?]]\\
'''Huey:''' Hey, I never said I wouldn't use it for good!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Basically the entire premise of the Alternate Universe ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Fic ''FanFic/ThroughHerEyes'', which replaces Ruby's canon abilities with Grimm related powers, strongly implied to be connected to [[BigBad Salem]]. If anything, Ruby is more shy and timid than canon, due to having a FriendlessBackground.
* Takato Matsuki from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. unfortunately, he is ''also'' the [[spoiler: Vessel of Chaos]] and could potentially wreak untold havoc upon reality.
%%* Deconstructed in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan manga ''FanFic/TouhouTonari''.
* Joseph Regent from ''FanFic/SonOfTheWarp'' is a fairly nice, reasonable young man. He's also the demigod son of [[EldritchAbomination Tzeentch]], and one of his powers includes command over daemons of Tzeentch.
* In ''FanFic/HarryRiddle'' Harry uses the Cruciatus curse on the troll attacking Hermione.
* In ''FanFic/{{Tormentor}}'' Harry/Ajas uses his [[HalfHumanHybrid Dementor powers]] and dark curses to save a little girl from a gang of Death Eaters.
* In ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'', a heroic MagicalGirl gets given all the powers (and landscape-corrupting effects) of Sauron. She proceeds, among other things, to devise a spell that eats evil-curses, figure out how to turn the ominous weather into electricity, and kill infections with a {{Necromancy}} spell.
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Libra and [[spoiler: his Echo]] Blair are classic heroic knights, but in an [[GodzillaThreshold act of desperation]] against [[spoiler: Nightmare Moon's undying army]], broke taboo and used Lifeforce magic, which turns the user into a nigh-uncontrollable addict who's as likely to kill his own comrades as his enemies.
** Fluttershy is, as per canon, one of the nicest ponies you'll ever meet. However, the most powerful ability granted to her by the Element of Kindness is Fearsense, which forces the person on the receiving end to experience a vision of their worst fear, basically {{Mind Rap|e}}ing them.
* Littlepip from ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' has several powerful BloodMagic spells implanted into her head after being MindRaped by the [[ArtifactofDoom Black Book of Zebrica]]. She uses one of them to save Xenith's life after a [[DeathByIrony Killing Joke]] plant turns her zebra stripes into gaping wounds, leaving her in danger of bleeding to death.
* The SI in [[{{Fanfic/WithThisRing}} With This Ring]] is a bearer of a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Orange Lantern Ring]], which utilizes the Orange Light of Avarice, and is powered by the users greed. It's only other user is an insane immortal that lives in cave, killing and devouring anything that enters, enslaving their souls in the process. He uses it to be a superhero, and fix the environment.
* Similarly, in the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' / ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossover ''[[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!]]'', Twilight's daughter Starburst is chosen as a bearer by a Yellow Ring, granting her the power of Fear. Every other being to ever wield one of these has been a lunatic who liked using the power to torment others. Star, on the other hand, is using it to defend her homeland in a war with the genocidal Griffon Empire.
* ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover gives us Sarah, a [[spoiler:Force-sensitive]] Siren who can tap into all aspects of her available powers regardless of her current moral alignment. Though she's been [[HeelFaceTurn moving away from villainy]], some usages of her powers have been less-than-heroic [[spoiler:as using the Dark Side of the Force for good has always been a dicey proposition.]]
* ''[[https://m.fanfiction.net/s/2269805/1/The-Coven-of-Reformed-Supernaturals The Coven of Reformed Supernaturals]]'' and its sequels is about a team composed of people like this: [[Series/{{Angel}} Angel, Spike, Illyria]], [[Series/{{Charmed}} Leo, Cole]], ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, [[Film/{{Constantine}} John Constantine]], Film/{{Blade}}, and the [[ComicBook/BatmanVampire vampire version of Batman]]. The first sequel adds ComicBook/{{Spawn}}, and the third and final installment adds a boatload of temporary members.
* ''FanFic/TheBridge''
** The fic gives us a lot of time with the grown up Godzilla Junior from the 1990s Heisei series. He's easily one of the most powerful kaiju, with nuclear based powers that could wipe out a large city and render it uninhabitable if he went all-out. Fortunately, he's a GentleGiant who plays the role of protector rather than destroyer. He's also ''less'' of this trope in Equestria, as due to ambient magic the natives are all immune to radioactivity.
** [[spoiler:Eventually the case with Destroyah following her HeelFaceTurn. Her power set still consists of death causing abilities, but she's a good guy now due to [[MoralityPet the Cutie Mark Crusaders]].]]
* Alcor/Dipper in ''Fanfic/TranscendenceAU''. He's a demon, with all the darkness that implies, but he's still Dipper. Doesn't keep the family from getting a reputation, though. Most of Mabel's descendants get seen as a CreepyChild at some point or another because many of them know how to summon and make a deal with him before they graduate elementary school.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Havoc is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Fear and the Ruler of Hell. Though he subscribes to BlueAndOrangeMorality, he's actually a pretty nice guy as long as you don't anger him. For one thing, he seeks to punish people who actually deserve to go to Hell, not harm the innocent. It's notable that the survival instinct comes from him, and he becomes happy when people's fear motivates them to fight and save their own lives and the lives of others.
** Trixie's mother Morgan's Special Talent is [[PersonOfMassDestruction Destruction]]. While others fear her for it, Morgan herself is a loving mother and good person all around.
* An ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' AlternateUniverse called [[http://theatomicpumpkin.tumblr.com/post/136348317337/fantasytale-au Fantasytale]] casts the human protagonist as a silent but good-natured {{Necromancer}}--though they're still raising skeletons, zombies, and ghosts, they're using their power to bring fallen heroes and innocents back from the grave so that they're "given a second chance at living," as Papyrus puts it.
* In ''Fanfic/ThievesCanBeHeroes'', the Phantom Thieves steal use their ability to enter the Metaverse to the Treasure that embodies the distorted desires of people, forcing them to undergo HeelFaceBrainwashing to make them repent for their crimes. It's also pointed out that they could just as easily use this ability to murder people or [[AndIMustScream turn them into vegetables]] with little chance of being traced or caught. But the Thieves, especially their leader Izuku, refuse to use their powers for anything except stopping wicked people outside of the reach of traditional law enforcement or Heroes.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Luke Skywalker uses the Force choke on a pair of guards in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', which Darth Vader does throughout the series. Luke just chokes them into unconsciousness rather than strangling them, though. Jedi all seem to have the same powers, with the difference being how and when they choose to use them.
** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine argues that the Sith are all examples of this (or that they can choose to be) but that the Jedi refuse to believe it and tried to persecute them into extinction for exploring powers the Jedi considered "unnatural". The fact that he's a lying, manipulative psychopath responsible for a galactic war that caused billions of deaths to secure his rise to power casts doubt on his claim.
** ExpandedUniverse materials, especially video games, have some Force powers, such as lightning, slated as explicitly belonging to TheDarkSide, because they can only be used to harm. However, it's apparent that a sufficiently knowledgeable Jedi master understands these powers, even if they choose not to use them- when Dooku threw lightning at Yoda, the little guy [[NoSell just absorbed it]]. [[DependingOnTheWriter Other stories disagree with this]], and have good Jedi using powers such as Force lightning.
** The Disney ''Star Wars'' films fall back on the side of all force users having access to the same set of powers, mostly so that they can avoid the traditional infinite pretzel of rationalizations previous novels and games have needed to justify MindRape being a light side power in the original trilogy (''Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually frames it with a lot of implicit horror even when used by the hero and ''Film/TheLastJedi'' explicitly makes it part of the movie's theme).
* Deadly Girl in ''Film/TheSpecials'' can summon demons. She is a hero.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', Vlad III Dracula gains his supernatural powers for good reasons but even though he uses them for such they are still considered evil, since they did originate from [[TheLegionsOfHell demons]] and include an insatiable thirst for human blood.
* ''Film/TheShadow'' casts the Shadow's [[ComboPlatterPowers considerable]] [[MasterOfYourDomain collection]] [[MindRape of powers]] in this light: Lamont Cranston is actually "Ying Ko", a warlord of the orient, master of Opium, with hideous and largely vague powers. After a FaithHeelTurn involving a tulku, Lamont Cranston returned to the den of evil known as New York to use his MindRape abilities and vast resources and enormous web of contacts to [[ReedRichardsIsUseless wage war against organized crime]]. The various other sources have different takes on the same concept, but generally the Shadow is somewhere between TheCowl and TheScourgeOfGod, so it's by-and-large "scary powers, scary guy, bad victims who [[PayEvilUntoEvil had it coming]]".
* ''{{Film/Mythica}}'': Marek has {{Necromancy}}, which here means she's capable of draining others' life force along with calling up the dead, but is a very good person. In the films she continually struggles since her power is apparently both [[AddictiveMagic addictive]] and [[TheCorruption corrupting]].

* There's an interesting example in the most recent novels in the ''{{Series/Discworld}}'' series. Sam Vimes is ... possibly the best word for it is ''infected'' ... by the Summoning Dark, a supernatural entity of vengeance. Vimes doesn't seem to have a lot of problems with it, because he ''already'' regarded himself as a monster with only his conscience keeping his darker impulses perpetually in check.
--> '''The Guarding Dark''': Who watches the watchmen? ''Me''.
** Granny Weatherwax is this through and through. She is constantly aware that she ''could'' become the worst witch the Disc has ever seen, but exercises iron self-control to make sure this does not happen. Made particularly explicit in Discworld/WitchesAbroad by the contrast with her sister Lily, who is similarly powerful but notably deficient in conscience.
** Dr. Hix, Unseen University's head of Necromancy (or Postmortem Communications as it is officially called) is required by his position to be a ''little'' evil, but is otherwise a mostly decent person. Unless you consider an interest in amateur theater to be particularly evil.
* In the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy, the Abhorsens are a family of necromancers who use both [[WildMagic Free Magic]] and [[WhiteMagic Charter Magic]] to keep other necromancers in check. They can also walk in Death and [[MusicalAssassin use the bells]] like a {{necromancer}}, but they are always good people dedicated to undoing the harm done by necromancers and otherwise helping people. On the other hand, it is discovered that Chorr of the Mask was once the Abhorsen-in-Waiting Clariel, but lost the correct respect for Death and fell first into necromancy proper and then into being one of the Greater Dead. So Abhorsen can go dark side, they just quickly stop being Abhorsen then.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfNick'', the Malachai (the demon inside Nick) is said to be a "nuclear bomb" of evil. Nick uses this power for good though, although it overwhelmed him in the beginning.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', {{Necromancy}} is considered one of the worst forms of magic, and it's bad enough to justify torturing people who are suspected of practicing it. Nevertheless, [[MagicKnight Veres]] is a skilled necromancer, although he only uses his skill to summon spirits of the dead, and only when he's confident that they wouldn't oppose it.
* In ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', Jame can reap souls from the living when she dances, blood-bind people (and other creatures) to her, has a CompellingVoice (easily able to permanently damage people), ''and'' she's aligned with That-Which-Destroys. Brenwyr is a {{Curse}}-flinging maledict with [[TheBerserker berserker]] tendencies.
* The entire plot of ''Literature/AFistfulOfSky'' is Gypsum being gifted with the power of curses, which she has to use ''frequently'' or else, and how she figures out how to deal with this.
* Literature/CalLeandros uses his ability to create gates in the later books in the series in fights, to dispose of bad guys, etc. While the gate-opening ability in itself doesn't seem evil, frequent use of it leads to EvilFeelsGood, with Cal on a raging high and feeling far less concerned about not killing his nearest and dearest.
* Dorilys of ''[[Literature/{{Darkover}} Stormqueen!]]'' does manage to use her storm-control powers for good on a few occasions... but also kills people with them.
* ''Literature/LivesOfTheMayfairWitches'': Rowan Mayfair is a dedicated surgeon who is 'almost universally liked' and whose colleagues describe her in nearly saintly terms. Her trademark power? Telekinetically causing arteries to rupture. Anybody who puts Rowan in fear for her life or even hits her BerserkButton has a brain haemorrhage or a heart attack. If she's particularly worked up, you'll die straight away. If not so much, it might take a few weeks (and she might not realise she even did anything). But you'll still be dead. She strenuously learns to control this power, refusing to use it, and that might have something to do with why she comes off cold; she's lethal when scared or angry. Complicated because she has more neutral powers too, like telepathy and a 'diagnostic sense' that lets her know anyone's chances of survival, as well as a more overtly 'good' one, healing hands.
* ''Literature/MerryGentry'': The Unseelie have always had pretty bad press, what with powers like turning people inside out, consuming them with magical green fire, stealing their virility, opening every wound they've ever had, calling all the blood from their body... They are the protagonists of the series.
* From the same author, Literature/AnitaBlake has the ability to turn a human into a living mummy fully aware of what is going on around him or her and [[AndIMustScream in terrible pain]]. She uses this ability, or the threat of it, to get information used to save the day.
* In the third book of ''Literature/{{Midnighters}}'', we get to see the consequences of one character's [[spoiler:temporarily becoming a [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-[[EldritchAbomination darkling]]]] in the second book. Among other things, he can look at anyone and know exactly what they're [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes afraid of]], and to a certain degree imitate that fear (e.g. move in a manner reminiscent of a snake.) He loses a bit of his humanity, and pretty much becomes the TokenEvilTeammate, but he's still a member of the group.
* The Shining Ones from Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' are an entire race of these. They're a simple, pastoral people, gentle to the point of pacifism. They also possess a TouchOfDeath that causes the victim to instantly and painfully rot away into a puddle of foul-smelling goo. The reasons behind it are quite complex, but the results are fairly simple--actually using their powers, even if it's absolutely necessary, causes most of them to burst into tears, or fall into a deep depression.
** In one case, the goal is to depopulate some cities. A group of Shining Ones who cannot bear to kill are allowed to use use their powers to destroy the walls of a city, allowing the populace to flee for their lives, which means the Shining Ones don't have to kill anyone.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''
** Harry Dresden
*** Thanks to Lasciel, he had access to Hellfire, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He continues to use it to do what he can to help other people. Though it's pointed out that it's affecting his subconscious - his motives don't change, but he gets more extreme and angrier. [[spoiler: However, once Lasciel was no longer a factor, Harry lost this ability and was given the angelic equivalent, [[CastFromHitPoints Soulfire]], instead.]]
*** In order to fight against some powerful necromancers, necromancy is needed to shield himself from the effects of their ritual, which would otherwise strip his own life from him. So, Harry comes close to breaking the law against raising the dead by [[spoiler:[[RaisingTheSteaks raising an animal instead]]. The law only prevents ''humans'' from being summoned back. Also, zombies are more powerful the older the remains they're raised from... And the animal remains in question happen to be a ''65 million year old T-rex fossil'']]. One of his allies calls this act both wrong and amazing, and she is the captain of the group meant to hunt down necromancers and dark wizards.
** Then there's Thomas Raith, [[EmotionEater life-sucking]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent White Court]] prettyboy ... who, instead of draining his victims dead, 'sips' from the customers at a hair saloon and fights on the side of the good guys. [[spoiler: While Thomas Raith is still allied with Harry Dresden, his torment at the hands of a skinwalker makes him forsake the FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire status.]]
** It's an ongoing question whether a person who uses Black Magic is redeemable. The fact that the White Council has a means for probational rehabilitation at all implies that it is, but we haven't seen it so far. Everyone who actually broke the laws of magic except in self-defense has slipped back into Black Magic regularly. Harry is more and more coming to suspect that this trope is totally averted for the [[CrapsackWorld Dresdenverse]].
** The Necromancer Kumori ''believes'' that she is this, but comes off more as a WellIntentionedExtremist. Nevertheless, she did use necromancy to save a life; the guy was in total agony until the paramedics had him stabilised, but if he made a full recovery it might be considered worth it.
* Harry Keogh, the Literature/{{Necroscope}}, uses his necromantic powers for good throughout the series; those actually called necromancers, however, not so much.
* In ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'', Morganti weapons are [[EvilWeapon evil weapons]] which devour the souls of their victims and seem to hunger to kill. Great Weapons are the same, but are much more powerful and even more sentient, and make the wielder [[EvilFeelsGood feel good]]/protect the wielder. However, everyone in the series who has one--Sethra, Morrolan, Aliera, Telnan, [[spoiler:and eventually Vlad]], is on the side of good (within the series' BlackAndGreyMorality). In the case of [[spoiler:Vlad]], the weapon itself qualifies, since it was created from the soul of one of the series' nicest characters.
* Literature/HarryPotter speaks Parseltongue, the language of snakes. Most people think Parseltongue is an evil power, because several evil wizards (Voldemort being the most recent and bigger example, Salazar Slytherin the most famous) not only spoke it, but used it for nefarious purposes. Harry becomes ostracized for having this power, and only uses it for good, most notably to rescue his future LoveInterest [[HeroesWantRedheads Ginny Weasley]]. This becomes useful in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', [[spoiler:as Ron manages to imitate the word "Open", which he had heard twice (first when Harry opened the Chamber of Secrets back in book 2, and then when he opened the locket that Ron then destroyed).]] Harry [[spoiler:loses this power after defeating Voldemort]].
** Then there are the "Unforgivable Curses": [[MindManipulation Imperius]], [[AgonyBeam Cruciatus]], and [[OneHitKill Avada Kedavra]], spells considered pure evil and worthy of life imprisonment. The spells are introduced in the fourth book, a good character uses one for the first time (maybe) in the fifth [[spoiler:(Kingsley Shacklebolt might have used Imperius on Marietta Edgecombe, though it's also possible he used a Memory Charm instead)]], and by the end of the series [[spoiler:Harry himself has used both Imperius and Cruciatus, and even tried to use Avada Kedavra in a fit of vengeful rage]]. [[DoubleSubversion On the third hand]], Cruciatus is shown to work only very poorly for anybody using it with half-decent intentions; it takes real malice to properly drive it.
** In the seventh book, [[spoiler: Severus Snape use of the killing curse on Dumbledore in the previous book is all but named as this, since it's revealed that it was done as a MercyKill. Even though murder is said to split ones soul in the the Harry Potter 'verse, Dumbledore assures Snape that this won't happen to him since the MercyKill was agreed upon beforehand]].
** Remus Lupin, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[spoiler: is revealed to be a werewolf, but takes a special potion once a month to keep from killing or hurting anyone, ]] and is a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
* Seth Sorenson from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series fights demons with his own dark-magic powers.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Melisandre of Asshai has among her magical abilities, the power to dispatch shadow-assassins to do away with her or her king's enemies. As to whether she is good, well, she maintains that she is, and she is fighting to save the world. Opinion on her is divided, however, but most readers would allow that she is at worst a WellIntentionedExtremist or a KnightTemplar.
** Played straighter with Thoros of Myr, who is more or less a GoodShepherd and belongs to the same religion as Melisandre. His specialty is {{necromancy}}, which he seems to think is a HealingHands type power. It may not be deliberate, but he functions quite well as a dark parody of the requisite [[TheMedic cleric medic]] for an adventuring party. Even more hilarious is the fact that he joined the priesthood because he had nothing else to do, then woke up one morning to find his rituals did magic.
* Valentine Ivashchenko's protagonist of ''Warrior and Mage'' and ''Dancing Flame'', Vale, nicknamed "Black Earl", is a grand necromancer working by DarkIsNotEvil. He has kept his soul from the local {{Satan}} and in most cases takes power from things and ideas associated with secrecy, night and darkness, e.g. solitary contemplation, restful sleep or intimacy of lovers. Examples of good uses include:
** Curing a plague released from a disturbed ancient burial site, although he used the responsible grave robber's forfeited life to fuel the spell. [[spoiler: This was according to the Empire's law and with consent of the present heir to the throne.]]
** Releasing the ghost of an ancient knight from a tomb by introducing said ghost to his direct descendant. [[spoiler: The ghost is the founder of the Empire, the descendant is said heir to the throne.]]
** Saving a dwarven tribe from an undead horde raised by making camp on a hill over another ancient burial site. In-universe quote: "Bringing together blood, fire and steel in any manner will cause nasty undead things to rise at most remarkable places."
** Sealing the spellbook of the last grand necromancer inside himself to prevent power leaks.
** Saving a girl from a voodoo-like curse. [[spoiler: The girl is one of the Empire's princesses, and the curse part of an attempt to replace the Emperor, funded from outside.]]
** Enchanting the steel layer of a ship's armour to prevent mussel growth.
** Removing a curse from a trader's daughter.
** Taking at least one Night Rider (a girl who has willingly sold her soul for revenge, e.g. after losing her entire family and village, and works as a mercenary after completing the revenge) from death row, and later redeeming Night Riders in his employ.
** [[spoiler: Completing the local pantheon.]]
** Saving numerous captives and Inquisition prisoners during the war.
** However, the trope does not apply completely:
*** The losses in the war against the local AbsoluteXenophobe ChurchMilitant trigger a RoaringRampageOfRevenge during which Vale the Black Earl crosses the line. After finding those responsible for the [[spoiler: destruction of his home castle and the death of all within including his parents, sister, pregnant wife and family-in-law]] the Black Earl began a dark ritual damning them one by one by ColdBloodedTorture. His second-in-command struck him down, breaking the spell and making the death of the captives quick.
* Given an aside mention in a short story in one of Creator/BruceCoville's ''Book of Magic'' anthologies. In a world where most people get the power of wishing when they go through puberty, the main character's late aunt is mentioned to have gotten the power of ''curses'' instead. Since she didn't have anyone she disliked enough to curse, she didn't, and the unused curses [[PowerIncontinence built up inside and gave her cancer instead]].
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Jander Sunstar]] from ''[[TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} Vampire of the Mists]]'' is basically good (although he does some very bad things) but at least some of his vampire powers, such as mind control, are at least morally questionable.
* In ''Literature/TheShadowSpeaker'', Ejii can talk to shadows (hence the title). However many of the people in her remote village in Niger believe in BadPowersBadPeople and think that she is a witch.
* Juliette, the main character in ''Literature/ShatterMe'' has a fatal touch. She refuses to use it to harm people and hates being forced to use it for the bad guys aims, wanting to escape and live as normal live as she can.
* [[spoiler:Mr. Crowley]] of ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' only wants to [[spoiler:stay with his wife]] but he has to [[spoiler:kill people and take their body parts]] to do it.
* The heroine of ''Literature/{{Graceling}}'' has a supernatural gift for dealing out death. As she grows up her powers are exploited by her uncle, but at the start of the novel she has already managed to subvert this and turn her abilities to the good. During the story she develops her altruistic use of her power further, and develops a new understanding of it, [[spoiler: that her Grace is not death but survival]].
* [[BlessedWithSuck Chloe Saunders]] from the ''Literature/DarkestPowers'' series is a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically-altered]] {{necromancer}}[[note]]Most necromancers in that universe are capable of raising the dead, but it takes specific rituals and preparation.[[/note]]. Chloe is perfectly capable of raising the dead simply by trying to summon a spirit to talk to, or just by ''dreaming'' about the dead, and she can raise [[spoiler:an ''entire cemetery'' complete with ripping open the ground with the force of a small earthquake to allow the corpses to rise]] just by ''thinking too hard'' about using her powers. Raising the dead requires a necromancer to [[FateWorseThanDeath shove the dead person's soul back into their corpse]], which the necromancer [[AndIMustScream then controls completely; the trapped soul cannot disobey]]. Chloe is the protagonist of the first three books and is unambiguously a good, kind person.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheNight'' had a band member become a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent psivamp]], someone who feeds off of the emotional energies of others and can affect emotional states to get the right intensity. This generally leads to either burning the victim out or giving him or her a fatal heart attack. As a psivamp weaned off of positive emotions and adjusted to fear and rage, he can't survive on food anymore. He eventually decides ''not'' to go along with his other psivamp bandmates and the [[IHateYouVampireDad vampire dad]] and has a fantasy of feeding only on the deserving, so he goes out and kills first a crackhead trying to kill him, then a pair of almost-rapists, before he realizes that the hunger doesn't distinguish between the bad guys and the victims, and he knows he'll slip. In the end, [[spoiler:he helps take out the other psivamps, then commits suicide.]]
* This is both subverted and played straight in Brian Lumley's ''Literature/{{Necroscope}}'' novels. In it, protagonist Harry Keogh learns as a child that he can speak to the dead telepathically. He eventually uses this ability to fight vampires and necromancers (and vampire necromancers).
** The Necromancers are a particularly unpleasant bunch - especially the ones that [[CreepyChild learned to use their powers at an early age]]: this is because their abilities involve stealing the knowledge and strengths a dead body has gained during life, via dissection, dismemberment, cannibalism, and occasional necrophilia. Ouch. However, this is clearly meant to set up the Necromancer Boris Dragosani as a dark counterpart to Harry.
* Averted in the ''Literature/{{Fingerprints}}'' series, where the psychics' powers have no relation to their alignment and some heroes have traditionally villainous powers like PeoplePuppets. Note that this does not stop some characters from ''assuming'' BadPowersBadPeople is true, [[spoiler:which is why Steve Mercer kills Amanda Reesce.]]
* Averted in Creator/PerryMoore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'' by Typhoid Larry, a sickly young man who can induce illness in others. Following the book's comedic tone, he's mostly played for laughs since his powers seem to have a greater affect on his teammates than the villains. [[spoiler: Until the end, that is, when he ''really'' comes in handy.]] Sadly, we never learn much about him or his past, as he's the only member of the team Thom doesn't spend any one-on-one time with.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheIsles'' series by Creator/DavidDrake, Ilna's various abilities are demonic in origin, but rather loosely defined, and after a FaustianRebellion, she begins to think of non-evil uses for them.
* Graendal, in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, has an incredible talent for MindControl--which, in the Age of Legends, she used as a psychotherapist. She eventually went bad (and began using her magic for more conventional purposes), but it had nothing to do with her powers.
* In ''Literature/OrlandoFurioso'', Malagigi is a sorcerer who can summon demons but fights on the good guys' side.
* Pretty much the point of ''Literature/BrimstoneAngels''. Heroine Farideh is a warlock in a Dungeons and Dragons setting, which means she gets her magic as part of a DealWithTheDevil, and her powers are appropriately creepy and sinister as a result. That said, she's also a fundamentally goodhearted character who wants to use her abilities to do the right thing insofar as she is able; the resulting tension between Farideh and Lorcan (the devil aforementioned deal was made with) is a running theme.
* Nico di Angelo in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. While [[ISeeDeadPeople his]] [[CastingAShadow pow]][[{{Necromancer}} ers]] aren't ''bad'', exactly -- just [[CreepyGood unsettling]] -- they're definitely regarded as bad by many people, who believe DarkIsEvil. Nico himself is definitely good, if a bit [[BrokenBird damaged]], and in fact pulls more BigDamnHeroes moments than almost any other character. His half-sister Hazel, meanwhile, is a much straighter example -- one of her abilities is to attract jewels, but they're always cursed. She is still one of the most good-natured and helpful characters in the series, despite having undergone a TraumaCongaLine.
* The novelisation of DevelopmentHell ''Series/DoctorWho'' lost episode "Shada" runs into this due to PragmaticAdaptation reasons - the original had an evil character, Salvayin, who possessed the unique and (in the setting) utterly dark ability to copy his own mind into other people's minds, but he did a HeelFaceTurn and became a good friend of the Doctor under another identity. Since this didn't make a lot of sense, the book establishes that Salvayin was never evil, and never even considered using his power for more than [[HilarityEnsues making people do silly dances at important political events]] and other such harmlessness - but the Time Lords assumed that he was evil, because if they had possessed his ability, they would have used it to take over the universe, and had no concept that he simply didn't want to.
* Aiden and Grent in ''Literature/RogueSorcerer'' both use their blood magic for the forces of good, [[spoiler:with Grent even sacrificing his own wellbeing in order to save Claron's life.]]
* This is ostensibly the basis of "dirties" in Christopher E. Long's ''Literature/HeroWorship'' series. When you exhibit powers, you're tested, and only those with "clean" powers can use them to make money, while "dirties" are ostracized as being dangerous to be around even if they don't use their powers for profits. [[spoiler:The actual reason lies in back-alley deals with unions to prevent superpowered individuals from taking jobs from non-powered workers. The clean/dirty line is based on quotas, not the actual nature of the powers]].
* ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'' gives us Mourning Dove, an ostensibly heroic zombie construct of some type. There isn't much detail on her precise powers, but they're lethal and have created at least one vengeful ghost.
** In the prequel, ''Literature/IDidNOTGiveThatSpiderSuperhumanIntelligence'', her origin is revealed. [[spoiler:She started life as a hero named Bluejay with HealingHands, but CameBackWrong as a result of an attempted resurrection.]]
* ''Literature/DevilsCape'' has a character who calls himself Bedlam and whose power comes from a curse and allows him to transform into a demonic form of himself, complete with horns and a tail. In civilian life, he's a respected psychologist, uses his training to persuade a dangerous criminal to give herself up, and is the first of the heroic team to say that they intend to stay in Devil's Cape to protect its citizens.
* Comes up a lot in the ''Literature/WildCards'' universe. Most aces and jokers are just average civilians who are going about their lives regardless of their potentially horrifying powers. John Hive is an excellent example; his power involves being turned into a sentient HiveMind swarm of ''[[BeeAfraid wasps]]''. Despite this being a perfect power for a villain, John is a slightly snarky NiceGuy and IntrepidReporter who's always ready to help out the heroes.
* ''Literature/ThePosterChildren'': Ernest’s mother Gloria had passive pheromone powers she could not control. [[FromBadToWorse It only spiraled from there.]]
* In the ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' series, [[spoiler: Earl Harbinger]] is a werewolf. Nonetheless, he [[spoiler: leads one of the most successful monster hunting businesses in the world]].Though it's theoretically possible for someone to learn to control the werewolf curse (except on the full moon) and thus be able to (mostly) live among humans, he's stated to be one of the very few in history to actually do it. He has an exemption from the government-funded bounties against monsters, due to [[spoiler: using his werewolf abilities in several wars]].
* Lucias of ''Literature/DarkOnesMistress'' is able to steal souls and control people's minds. He only uses either ability on criminals.
* In the ''Literature/CahillWitchChronicles'', the protagonist finds out she is a talented magic healer. Then she finds out that there are two sides to this, and she can kill just as easily. [[spoiler: Her first kill is a mercy kill, that she's asked for by the dying person.]]
* In ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheBlackSun'', this is the protagonist's whole situation, really. Sierra recharges her magic from other people's pain, but despite what people assume, doesn't go around ''causing'' pain just to get her magic. It isn't even unpleasant for the people she's drawing from, because converting their pain into magic means that they aren't in pain any more. However, the whole "feeds on pain" angle naturally leads people to conclude that she's evil (and people in her country already hate and fear ordinary magic as it is).
* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', Katia is a necromancer, with her art being part of BlackMagic, because raising the dead and using them against their will poisons magic and auras. However, she's one of the heroes, and most of her work is putting the dead back in their graves.
* ''Literature/DarkHeart'': Myrren. Despite having powers based in black magic, she's appalled by indiscriminate violence and loyal and protective of her friends and family.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** [[spoiler:Iseult]] can kill people by infecting them with a MysticalPlague, and it's implied that the mechanism that lets her do that would also allow her to turn other witches into zombie puppets against their will. Nonetheless, she's an altruistic, heroic person, helping others in need and only using her powers to aid people.
** The Marstoki Adders can poison any liquid in their vicinity just by standing next to it, but they're also the inifiniely loyal and dedicated PraetorianGuard of the (non-villainous) Empress.
* ''Literature/TheInfected'': The second book stars Gabriel, a scary mind-controller, and his efforts to turn his life around and become a good person. Starting with joining a riot squad so he can keep a series of protests from turning violent. It helps a lot that his powers work more easily when helping people, but he's still ''terrified'' and rightly so in future books where he discovers how few his limitations really are.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Sunandi eventually understands that neither Ehiru nor Nijiri are bad people, but their ability to kill people in their dreams and make them enjoy and welcome it just goes against anything Sunandi considers right. The Gatherers simply believe they are doing a service to the community by allowing those unwilling or unable to go on a pleasant way out and they genuinely care for Hananja's faithful.
* The [[Franchise/StarWarsLegends old Star Wars Expanded Universe]] novels tried to invoke this with the "Grey Side" or "Unified Force" theory during the Yuuzhan Vong saga. The idea was that there wasn't any such thing as "Dark Side" and "Light Side" - there was simply "The Force." There was no real reason a Jedi shouldn't be able to use so-called Dark Side abilities (like Force Lightning) at need This led to several Jedi (most notably Jacen Solo) doing just that. While the audience was split on this idea (Some saying "about time" and others thinking it messed with the franchise mythos too much), [[OneJudgeToRuleThemAll George Lucas himself]] came down on the side of "Light Side/Dark Side - that's it" and ordered the Grey Side retconned, with Vergere (the Jedi who came up with the Uniforce theory) turning out to be [[TheMole a Sith]] who used the theory to lure Jacen Solo to the Dark Side. It should be noted that the ''Star Wars'' video games have long allowed players to use Sith abilities as a Jedi and vice-versa (Though overuse could cause a player to lose their chosen alignment).
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Taylor's power is to [[TheMinionMaster control swarms of bugs]]. The {{Squick}} imagery of her power is probably a part of why she is mistaken for a villain on one major occasion, and if she is not careful, offensive use of her power carries the possibility of anaphylactic shock (bee stings), comas (black widow spiders), tissue necrosis (brown recluse spiders) or death (all of the above). Despite this, she has aspirations of being a superheroine and is constantly striving to do the right thing.
** There's also Crucible, of the [[SuperTeam Brockton Bay Wards.]] His power? To make a solid force field bubble, which he then fills with an insane amount of heat, incinerating everything inside. Taylor even lampshades it by asking how on earth he's a hero after he demonstrates his power.
* Within ''Literature/TheDarkWizardOfDonkerk'', Dark Magic is considered to be evil, and is persecuted, because it requires sacrifice. Some, such as the protagonist, argue that sacrifice is acceptable given the outcome is better than the sacrifice. It's shown that Dark Wizards tend to wind up with a bad case of utilitarianism, if they don't start deciding that their own lives are more valuable than those around them...
* A major theme in ''TheDecemberPeople'' series by Sharon Bayliss. Magic is hereditary, and although each individual's magic is unique, defined by a particular date and time on the solar calendar(this is not the same as their birthdays), certain types of magic tend to run in families. Dark wizards and witches, have magical dates that fall within the winter (the most powerful dark witches and wizards have the winter solstice as their date). Dark or winter magic is inherently destructive. No matter what their intentions, their magic always has some kind of destructive effect- some dark wizards are great protectors or soldiers- however, their magic tends to go horribly wrong if they don't know what they're doing. A dark wizard might cast a spell to make money to support their family which results in their spouse dying in a car accident, leaving the next of kin with a big life insurance payout. Dark magic can be used to destroy harmful things, such as painful or traumatic memories but that can also come with side effects like wiping out memories of someone's entire childhood. Since magic tends to be unpredictable in this universe, many dark wizard families choose not to practice at all and try to live normal lives. Many light wizards and witches whose magic falls closer to summer are able to practice magic with fewer negative consequences, but they are not necessarily depicted as being good people-they can be cruel or cause harm deliberately, and many of them seem to think of themselves as being better than normal people or dark wizards which they believe gives them the right to do what they want to others-some of them think it's perfectly acceptable to kill dark wizard families who have done no harm just because of what they are. Fall and spring magic workers tend to be more balanced, but they are still all human, with the same foibles and weaknesses as anyone else. Many dark wizards and witches are ordinary people- they make mistakes, but many of them just want to lead ordinary lives.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Thoros of Myr from ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is affable, polite, and generally a good man, but his primary ability is necromancy.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Mostly played straight with Sam Winchester. His powers are demonic in nature, and he uses them to hunt demons. While he did [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero jump-start the Apocalypse]]]], he was actually intending to stop it. But his addiction to demon-blood has led to some decisions that can charitably be described as "questionable". He spent quite some time worried about [[TheDarkSide "going dark side,"]] and Dean's final wish at the end of season three was that Sam not use his demon powers. Knowing Dean would disapprove, Sam lied about it when Dean [[DeathIsCheap came back]], and things got worse from there. It was never entirely clear how much of the problem was TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget / ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil, how much straight addict behavior from the [[PsychoSerum blood]], and how much Sam being an ass of his own free will due to [[BreakTheCutie trauma]] and pride. Still, he ''was'' trying to save the world and save people, even at his worst. And he [[MustMakeAmends got]] [[HeroicSacrifice better]].
** Played straight with Andrew Gallagher, the [[TokenGoodTeammate only one]] of Azazel's Special Children who doesn't succumb to WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Jake Talley and Ava Wilson]], both of whom also appear to be good Special Children at first, but are then corrupted by Azazel.
** Played straight with a couple of other monsters encountered throughout the series who managed to resist the urge to kill humans.
* On ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Cole]] attempted this. He succeeded for a while, but then [[PowerCopying got even more evil powers]]. That... did [[LoveMakesYouCrazy not]] [[NighInvulnerable turn]] [[DrivenToSuicide out]] [[ICannotSelfTerminate well]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Clem, a ''demon'', can manifest fangs, tentacles, and poison. The only times he seems willing to fight are when he sees a friend hurt, or to protect a threatened teenager. (He [[EatTheDog eats kittens]], though.)
** Angel and Spike are vampires, which in the Buffyverse is just an evil demon possessing a corpse, but manage to be good guys none the less.
** Anya, who is a demon as well. A ''vengeance'' demon - or at least she is for the start of her stay in the series. When she [[spoiler: temporarily got her powers back]], we see why this is a ''Bad Idea''.
* Ned on ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has necromancy powers, but attempts to use them as little as possible and generally only to solve murders, with a few glaring exceptions: his childhood girlfriend, former murder victim Chuck, his dog Digby, and [[spoiler: Chuck's father Charles Charles]], although he was not aware of his powers when he revived Digby. He remains the protagonist and a thoroughly good guy throughout the series. However, it's still unnerving that every time he "alive agains" someone for more than a minute, someone else dies through random proximity.
* Joshua from ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'' after his HeelFaceTurn.
* Maya on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', whose power is that she [[WalkingWasteland releases an invisible cloud of lethal poison]] whenever she gets upset. And the world seems hellbent on giving her good reasons to get ''really'' upset on a regular basis.
** Similiarly, Ted Sprague, who emits nuclear radiation. He learned to focus and control it after accidentally giving his wife cancer. When he gets arrested, despite being innocent, his first insistence is that he be contained in a radiation-proof cell so as not to pose a danger to his guards.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' features several examples.
** Bo, the main character, is the best example. Her succubus powers, which drain life energy from people she has sexual contact with, are so strong that she has killed people just from ''kissing'' them. Even so, she's one of the most unambiguously good people in the show, and has learned how to transfer life energy ''into'' people..
** The Light Fae, who are gray in the show's BlackAndGrayMorality, have corpse-eaters and harpies as members. The corpse-eaters, called Aswang, are depicted as saintly old women, eating only the corpses without family and acting as a sort of supernatural sanitation service to keep diseased corpses from contaminating both the soil and the living.
* Todd the Wraith from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' might look VERY evil (plus, he can suck life out of other people to feed himself), but he's probably the only member of his race who doesn't backstab the team when he allies with them. Of course, he did it once, but only because he thought he had been double-crossed. As much as he likes to threaten everyone with feeding on them, he doesn't seem to actually enjoy doing it except when hungry. The only occasion when he did feed on Sheppard, he did so under duress. And even when Sheppard expired, Todd cleared the area first, fed on the attacking soldiers then revived him by giving back what he took.
** To a lesser extent, Replicators. They may be universally evil, but when Weir became one herself, she didn't go wacko; instead, she attempted to make an organic body for her peers so that they can ascend. When that didn't work, she worked with her old team to set up a trap for the remaining Replicators, sacrificing herself in the process.
*** Niam. Despite being a Replicator, all he wanted was to learn ascension. Too bad he got reset by Oberoth into his default violent nature.
** Plus the team themselves when they got copycat cloned by rogue Replicators, complete with rapid regeneration and everything. The part-human-part-Replicator clones even set up a distraction so that the real team can escape.
* Cassie from ''Series/TheSecretCircle'', though Diana fits this more now.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the Medusans were introduced as having forms so hideous that [[BrownNote they turn most people into gibbering madmen before causing complete organ failure.]] The one Medusan we meet is a nice guy who is courteous enough to stay in his tiny sealed box and only opens it up for people he knows can't view him, people trying to kill him, or that one accident with Spock.
* Sonia, codename Dreamer, in ''Series/TheGifted'' can manipulate and read memories. She is ''not'' a classical telepath though, and if she does not have enough time to act or is forced to quit the process before it is finished, then her subjects might either see their memory scrambled or realize their thoughts have been manipulated, which verges or outright qualifies as MindRape. She does ''not'' like to use her powers, but will do so if there is no other option.

* The video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPOM0IUsd_0 "Dance In The Graveyards"]] by Music/DeltaRae shows the most cheerful and kindly necromancers (or death spirits) and the most benevolent use of necromancy you will ever see.

* ''Roleplay/{{Glowfic}}'' has Corbelan, who has a magic system that eats worlds and can only be used to destroy things. He uses it to destroy Elves' oaths and destroy illness and weeds and such. [[spoiler: Also Melkor and Sauron but this totally counts as being good, those two are basically horribleness maximizers.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=423741 Yahenni]], a character from the Kaladesh Saga, is an Aetherborn, who all posses incredibly short lifespans. However, Yahenni is one of the few "Gifted" Aetherborn who can extend that lifespan...by [[VampiricDraining draining people's life energy]], killing them painfully [[note]] their card actually lists them as "Aetherborn Vampire" [[/note]]. Yahenni only uses said power to stay alive long enough to aid [[LaResistance the Revolt]], and afterwards they live out their last few days naturally. This makes them one of the few [[DarkIsNotEvil Mono-Black heroes]] in ''Magic'' history, and unlike [[TheNecromancer Liliana]] or [[GoodIsNotNice Sorin]], they're not an AntiHero.
--> '''Yahenni:''' I get to decide who I am, on my terms. And I am not a killer.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a few ways of reflecting this character concept, particularly since 3[-[[superscript:rd]]-] edition.
** In the core of 3rd edition, only one spell from the Necromancy school is explicitly Evil: Animate Dead. If you can find a Lawful Good use for Circle of Death or Soul Bind, go right ahead.
** However, a few splatbooks introduced spells that have the Evil descriptor tag, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin makes casting them an inherently evil action.]] Of course, depending on what else you do that still might not be enough to drop you ''all'' the way to the deep end of the alignment pool -- there were canonically Neutral characters who explicitly were in the habit of casting specific evil spells on a relatively regular basis.
** Among the gods in the core 3.5 players handbook is Wee Jas, Goddess of Death and Magic. She is LawfulNeutral. That's right, the goddess of necromancy is not explicitly evil, and it's within the rules to have a LawfulGood cleric with the Death domain. Plus, a LawfulNeutral goddess of death wouldn't consider necromancy necessarily evil, and wouldn't find her clerics casting "evil" spells a deal-breaker anyway since she accepts both good and evil followers.
** The Malconvoker prestige class summons evil outsiders to fight against evil; one of the requirements is a non-evil alignment.
** The supplement "Lords of Madness" includes the Fleshwarper class, which is based around turning yourself into a [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid]] (or not so humanoid) [[HumanoidAbomination Abomination]] through grafts. The class's only alignment restriction is that you cannot be Lawful, so there can be as many good ones as evil.
** The same book also includes a race of [[EldritchAbomination Abberations]] that can split into a swarm and have a MadScientist feel, but are generally good enough folk.
** The supplement "Libris Mortis" is all about undead, not all of which are necessarily evil. It also adds a deity called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Eternal Lover]]", a minor TrueNeutral god dedicated to ThePowerOfLove and [[{{Necromantic}} helping lovers stay together even after death]].
** The Warlock class in 3[-[[superscript:rd]]-] edition specifically must be either chaotic or evil to gain their powers. It's a safe bet that most Warlock players chose to be ChaoticGood. And, due to an oversight, it's actually possible for a Warlock to be LawfulGood. Wizards of the Coast realized this late in 3[-[[superscript:rd]]-] Edition's lifespan and created a prestige class where the sample NPC is a LawfulGood Warlock.
** The 4[-[[superscript:th]]-] edition Warlock is loosened up a bit -- only some of their powers can be called "evil," and at the same time, there's no alignment restrictions, so it's not uncommon to find LawfulGood player Warlocks using hellish powers.
** Thanks to there being no "evil" powers in 4[-[[superscript:th]]-] Edition, you can actually be a Good necromancer using the powers found in the book "Heroes of Shadow". Albeit, the powers are pretty brutal, but as long as you don't use them against anyone who's not evil...
** The 3.5 Shadowcaster class is described as dealing with dark powers ([[DarkIsEvil "magic often associated with evil"]]) and living with a skewed, alien perspective of the world to master their branch of magic, resulting in good shadowcasters being exceedingly rare. However, the key word there is ''rare'' -- they explicitly ''can'' be of any alignment, and indeed there are no mechanical limitations indicated on alignment for them.
** The Shadow Sun Ninja from the ''Tome of Battle – Book of Nine Sword'' is a PrestigeClass heavily versed in the power of darkness; one of the first power gained is to drain the lifeforce of living beings. They must be non-evil. (It is somewhat implied this is a safety measure for members of the class, so that they don't find the darkness ''too'' attractive and get corrupted by it.)
** The 2nd Edition ''Complete Book of Necromancers'' offered new kits (variant classes) for necromancers who wanted to do good - or at least neutral - instead of rampantly evil. These included the Anatomist, who studied the dead to better learn how to heal the living, or the Deathslayer, who uses the powers of necromancy against the undead. The heroic example Deathslayer even uses magic to [[ActuallyADoombot puppeteer corpses]] to keep himself safe while he hunts.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Hell on Earth'', there are the Anti-Templars, who draw upon the powers of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Reckoners]] to perform horrific acts of BlackMagic. However, these individuals typically not only use their powers because they believe they are weakening the Reckoners by stealing their energy, their usual purpose for becoming Anti-Templars is to ''save as many people as possible'', even if they must sacrifice their souls to do so, whereas their Templar counterparts [[KnightTemplar/TabletopGames feel that only the "worthy" should be saved, and all else condemned]]. The authors [[AuthorTract strongly disagree]] with this PayEvilUntoEvil approach, and consequently an Anti-Templar is by default a TragicVillain and/or WellIntentionedExtremist in the making, since the rules support that overusing their power will slowly corrupt them and turn them evil, but many fans [[VillainHasAPoint feel that the Anti-Templars are the more heroic force]].
* ''TabletopGame/WorldOfDarkness'':
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' you're a freaking vampire! Sure, powers like super strength, speed, and invisibility aren't necessarily evil sounding, but being able to rip the blood out of someone? Manipulate shadows? Control people's minds? Transform into horrible beasts and control bats and rats? Of course, it doesn't help that all powers are fueled by the blood of your prey. The good people part of this comes from how the standard vampire is someone following the "Path of Humanity" trying to keep themselves from giving in to the beast within, and hold onto human morals.
** The Lucifuge from ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' are ''children of Satan'' who said [[AntiAntiChrist "screw you dad"]] and now go around using their powers to fight monsters such as vampires and werewolves. Said powers include summoning demons, throwing Hellfire, making someone bleed out of their skin so that tracking them is easier, etc, etc. Not only do they use these powers to protect humanity, but they're actually one of the nicer conspiracies, in that they're actually willing to investigate the monsters beforehand in order to see if they merit destroying.
*** Unfortunately, there's explicitly a very good chance that having TheDarkSide InTheBlood and using it eats away at any goodness you may have, given enough time.
** [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''TabletopGame/LeviathanTheTempest''; according to the Tribe's origin myth, Marduk was a man who drew power from humanity's despair, which he then used to fight and kill the [[AbusivePrecursors Progenitors]], freeing humans in the process. Unfortunately, when he tried to then spread hope around the world, his [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil disciples]], realizing that would weaken their powers, murdered him and founded a society dedicated to make sure there is plenty of despair in the world, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity all while still pretending to be good guys]].
** ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'' has some Darkened called [[VigilanteMan Deluded Vigilantes]], who received powers from [[TheCorruption the Darkness]] but try to use them for good, fighting crime and other Darkspawns. Since they use powers that are evil by their very nature, they usually end up becoming ruthless {{Knight Templar}}s with a warped perception of what a crime is, but because they still are motivated by good intentions, this means [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] can actually try to reason with them and solve the situation peacefully, typically by offering them new, safer powers (typically by making them [[SuperEmpowering Sworn]]). It's also mentioned there are very rare cases of such Darkened who ''do'' have [[HeroicWillpower enough willpower to keep control over their abilities]], and [[FaustianRebellion can become valuable allies to Princesses while still keeping them]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Any heroic Abyssal or Infernal Exalt. Drawing power from the beings who created the Underworld with their passing and defined Hell with their imprisonment will do that to you. An Abyssal's powers are 90% about killing things, while Infernal powers are the actual abilities of their insane Primordial patrons. This makes heroism difficult for Infernals with the Ebon Dragon's charms, as he's pretty much the ''living embodiment of the concept of Villainy''. \\
That said, all is not lost. With a bit of reading between the lines, Infernals have Charms that help defend their loved ones, enable eternal unsleeping defence of your realm, create food, bestow useful mutations, cause injuries to regenerate, force corrupt gods to do their jobs, and rip the password to turn off the ticking soulbreaker orb right out of the bomber's mind. Even the Ebon Dragon's stuff can be used benevolently on the condition that one is being spiteful and malevolent towards ''worse people than yourself''. Abyssals work on the same principle: no one said you could only kill ''decent'' people.
* In the tabletop game ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', more evil powers are not restricted to evil guys, but just asking to be used. Who doesn't want the ability to sicken people by altering their nerve impulses with a touch (granted, it's the same power to sicken them any other way, but considering how many elemental themed superheroes there are, this is pretty much going to occur to everyone)?
** One fan expansion of ''TabletopGame/FreedomCity'' has the character Horrorshow, who has the power to sense someone's greatest fear and project an illusion of it so realistic the victim experiences actual injury. He only does this on criminals and never causes permanent damage, believing in ScareEmStraight, rather than [[FrightDeathtrap Scare 'Em To Death]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Psionics'' rounds out its discussion of Psychic Vampirism by pointing out that one can use it to do things like leech away negative emotions (calming angry characters, soothing depressed ones, etc.) and remove debilitating nightmares--as well as attack villains, of course.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', having the ability to MindRape or kill in unbelievably horrible ways is generally grounds for immediate execution or corruption by Chaos, but conversely, it also makes one an attractive prospect for recruitment by the Inquisition.
** Then again, using "Good" to describe ''anyone'' in 40K is ''really'' overselling it at the best of times.
* Non-evil Necromancers in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' are possible, though a "Selfish" alignment is the best they could hope for, and it's doubtful that even the most well intentioned Necromancer is going to be palling around with the forces of good. And any Necromancer who has moral qualms about messing with the dead is going to be forfeiting a lot of his power, when it would be much easier to choose a less morally-ambiguous discipline in the first place. Good Shifters (wizards who specialize in summoning creatures and dimensional travel) are possible, but there's nothing inherently evil in their powers. It's just that the evil ones, using their powers to loose demons and monsters on the land for nefarious purposes, get all the press.

* Matoro in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', who has AnimateDead as his [[MaskOfPower mask power]]. This turns out to be a SecretTestOfCharacter from the [[LivingMacguffin Mask of Life.]]
** Surprisingly, the Makuta were originally this. They were always beings of shadow, but the Brotherhood's original purpose was to create the wildlife of the world. In fact, the Brotherhood's original leader, Miserix, helped the Toa Hagah in their attempts to hunt down Teridax, the evil being [[WithholdingTheirName most commonly known simply as]] ''[[TheDreaded The]] [[RaceNameBasis Makuta]]''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dark-types in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' are called "Evil" in Japan and their attacks largely consist of inflicting pain or simply [[CombatPragmatist cheating]]. However, it's established canon that any Pokémon is only as bad (or good) as its trainer.
** [[OlympusMons The lake trio]] in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' games are said to be able to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia steal people's memories]], [[BrainwashedAndCrazy control their will]], and [[EmptyShell remove their emotions]], and, in fact, this is what the main villain was using them for -- but they end up helping you save the world, and then go back home peacefully so you can catch them. Though to be fair, those are really just outgrowths of their original abilities as the respective incarnations of Knowledge, Will, and Emotion used as defensive weapons.
** Absol are a friendly species who are well-known for trying to stop disasters, but get the blame for them at times (mainly by the elderly). They also have an unfortunate aura that kills fainthearted people who look at them when Mega Evolved, which is why they're generally non-violent and despise Mega Evolution.
* Cynder, in her playable form from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro: Dawn of the Dragon'', after being exposed to [[BigBad Malefor's]] corruption in the first game, was given the powers of Fear, Poison, and Shadow to go alongside her natural Wind element.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}: [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Aria and Dawn of Sorrow]]''. Soma Cruz has Dracula's main power of controlling monsters (and stealing their powers). [[spoiler:It turns out that Soma is the {{reincarnation}} of Dracula.]] It's [[MultipleEndings up to the player]] to determine whether he turns evil.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', every character has a power, some of which are far more evil sounding or dangerous than others. For example, we have the curse-goddess Hina, who would normally use her cursing powers to spread misfortune and woe, but Hina's a nice person, who instead uses her powers to ''absorb'' misfortune and bring happiness to people. And after a brief bit of [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]], Utsuho is using her [[PersonOfMassDestruction nuclear]] powers to run Gensokyo's first nuclear reactor.
** Yuyuko has the ability to kill humans with nothing but a thought. What did she do with it? HeroicSacrifice to save the world from a monster tree, turning her into a CuteGhostGirl incapable of ever reincarnating (it's a gameworld based on Buddhism). Though she speaks casually of "inviting people to death", [[WordOfGod ZUN]] says that she takes her instant death power very seriously, and doesn't ever use without an extremely good reason. She did say that her power doesn't work on [[CompleteImmortality Mokou]], which would suggest she tried using it on her, though this isn't clarified.
** Orin is a [[CatGirl nekomata]] who collects corpses and lives with evil spirits that seek revenge. Don't let that fool you, she might play rough, but she's completely friendly and implied to have started living with Reimu as a pet cat.
** Komachi, a [[DontFearTheReaper not-so-grim reaper]], ferries the dead across the Sanzu no Kawa (basically, the River Styx). [[TheSlacker Completely lazy]], wants to do everything "at her pace", and makes for a great drinking buddy.
** Yamame, monstrous spider with the power to spread diseases. Also a CuteMonsterGirl whose only "spidery" appearance is in the clothing she wears. WordOfGod description: "Her power makes everyone she meets hate her. However, she herself wouldn't inflict disease on someone without reason. She's a bright, fun-loving youkai if you get to know her, so she's popular among the youkai that live underground."
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and its sister game, ''City of Villains'', players can create heroes with skeletal wings, dark miasmic powers that suck the life from the enemy and hide allies in shadows, and the ability to nuke whatever's left until it glows.
** The ''Going Rogue'' expansion allows characters to freely switch alignment. So you can have a demon summoning hero or an empathetic villain.
** Canon character Infernal is a controller and binder of demons, who [[DarkIsNotEvil looks a lot like one himself]]. He's firmly with the good guys, though his MirrorUniverse version[[note]]It's telling that Infernal is the only signature hero who has the same costume/name as their Praetorian counterpart[[/note]] shows us how easily his powers could corrupt him.
** There are quite a few characters like this. Positron is basically a nuclear bomb in a tin can. Desdemona (''Going Rogue'''s Poster Girl) is a reformed demon summoner. Sea Witch can summon the ghosts of the dead to do her bidding, yet spends most of her time fighting the evil Cage Consortium. Oh, and [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch every Warshade ever]].
* [[OneManArmy Ragna]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Bloodedge]] from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. He's a wanted outlaw armed with the [[ArtifactOfDoom Azure Grimoire]] and has the "Soul Eater" ability to drain health from people to restore his own. Also, his [[FinishingMove Astral Finish]] involves his {{BFS}} turning into a SinisterScythe and him turning into... [[EldritchAbomination something]] and utterly destroying his opponent right down to their [[DeaderThanDead souls]]. Despite this, he's [[DarkIsNotEvil actually]] a ChaoticGood/borderline ChaoticNeutral JerkWithAHeartOfGold. The only reason he's not a complete NiceGuy is because [[JerkassWoobie his life]] ''[[JerkassWoobie really]]'' [[JerkassWoobie sucks]].
** Naoto Kuragane of ''Central Fiction'' [[CanonImmigrant and]] ''Bloodedge Experience'' is also a pretty friendly fellow for a guy who ''[[BloodyMurder creates weapons using his own blood]]'' [[spoiler:and is also technically undead]].
* In ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' [[CulturedBadass Slayer]] also fits. He's a very powerful [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] that sometimes drinks his wife's blood dry (infront of his foes) and the founder of the Assassin's Guild. But he used his powers only for good, even the guild originally before he retired was meant to put down evil people. After retirement (mostly in Accent Core story-line) he guides and advises other characters. Also his wife [[{{Immortality}} can't die]] so he can't suck her to death even if he wanted to. And he's a really nice guy all in all.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there are Warlocks, who manipulate fel energy and command demons. Some are [[DarkIsEvil right bastards]], but a number of them also fall under this trope. Justified in-universe by the fact that when you're constantly being born down upon by demons, it helps to have someone around who knows a thing or two about them.
** There are also the Shadow Priests. The priest can go three ways: the Holy way of the healer, the Discipline way of the healer more focused on buffing, and the Shadow way of the damage-dealer is in a lot of ways even worse than warlockery. Shadow Priests' signature techniques include [[MindRape utterly destroying an enemy's mind]] or [[MindControl controlling it]], inflicting unbearable pain, consuming an opponent's life and energy to revitalize the priest, channeling the forces of Death itself, creating beings made of concentrated shadow to serve the priest... As player characters, they can be as good as they wish. Since the class was revamped in the ''Legion'' expansion, their powers are explicitly related to ''insanity''.
*** And since dual-speccing was introduced, it is now possible for a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation high-and-mighty Holy healer to moonlight as a sadistic Shadow Priest]]...
** As might be guessed by the name, Death Knights aren't using the most kind powers, but they can be played as rebels against their creator.
** ''Legion'' introduces Demon Hunters who imbue themselves with fel (demonic) energy and powers gained from absorbing the souls of demons. They use this power to hunt down and destroy demons. While some are more evil than others, the majority of them lost everything else that mattered to them (home, family, etc) and have nothing left but a need for revenge, no matter the cost to themselves.
*** Demon Hunters are a great asset to mortals as well, because they are one of the only people that can permanently kill a demon outside of the Twisting Nether. Most others just destroy their physical body, allowing them to re-manifest at a later point.
*** In ''Warcraft III'', Demon Hunters were less evil and demonic, but still followed the same basic principles and used fel magic to hunt down other demons.
** ''Battle for Azeroth'' introduces Void Elves, former Blood Elves who have infused their very beings with the same power used by Shadow Priests in a process that requires great discipline to avoid going insane.
** WordOfGod states that there are no truly evil PC classes or races. The quests support this as you never do anything truly evil without making up for it. You can, of course, still be a total jerk to other players.
* Nasus in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is actually a good person, but uses powers considered evil. For starters, he brings ''death'', steal's people's life, gets stronger when he kills people with an attack, desecrating ground with spirit fire, and aging them to slow them down.
** The Grey Order consists of rebel Noxians who broke off from Noxus due to its evil, and study dark magic without malice. Their representative Champion is CreepyChild Annie who certainly looks terrifying and uses dark magic to inflict fiery death upon her foes, but is, if not outright good, certainly not evil.
** Kassadin has the powers of the Void, the same power coming from the CuteMonster Kog'Maw that drove [[MadProphet Malzahar]] evil. However, he only gave into the Void powers to ''protect'' Valoran from the Void creatures.
** Zac is a bioengineered BlobMonster LivingWeapon designed by Zaun, the city-state that produced such [[SarcasmMode charming]] people as Singed, Warwick, and Viktor. He looks like Film/{{Flubber}} impersonating [[Franchise/DragonBall Majin Buu.]] Personality-wise, he's Franchise/{{Superman}}.
* A young nobleman you encounter in ''VideoGame/NieR'' fits this description. Going by the name of Emil, he's even-tempered and very gentle, but he also possesses a set of cursed eyes that instantly petrify anyone he looks at. He lives alone in a remote mansion with his faithful butler because he's afraid of accidentally petrifying anyone he gets near. Eventually, however, he finds a certain amount of joy in using his powers to aid your quest, stating directly that it's nice to be able to put them to good use for once.
** Then, later on, he [[spoiler:merges with his monstrous 'sister']] and turns into a terrifying, floating GrimReaper lookalike, with devastating magical powers, and a face that can turn strong men pale. And he's STILL one of the nicest people you're ever likely to meet. He might accidentally destroy a few villages when he loses control of his destructive might, but he'll feel REALLY bad about it afterwards.
* In ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'' and ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', we have Gulcasa and Emilia, who are both descendants of the demonic dragon Brongaa. Once their demon blood is unsealed, they're able to command insane amounts of power, [[BlessedWithSuck if at the price of nearly-incapacitating strain on their bodies]]. Overusing Brongaa's power also threatens one's sanity if you happen to lose control of it. The main use of Brongaa's power, by the way, is in a technique aptly named "Genocide" that turns the user into an unstoppable berserker in exchange for the lives of his or her unit while bathing him or her in an aura of {{Hellfire}}. Gulcasa works hard to control his powers, and is using them to try to create a peaceful world where no one will have to suffer any longer. In the scenario where Emilia's blood is unsealed in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', she's only fighting to protect her friends. [[spoiler:Though it ''is'' possible for her to lose control, and the results ''are horrific.'']]
* ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'': Marona is the most kind-hearted necromancer ever.
* Necromancer [=NPCs=] of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' tend to be either morally ambiguous, or have a somewhat skewed view of right and wrong. The Master of Whispers, however, is a genuinely heroic and wise old man in charge of a secret, ancient organization dedicated to watching for and battling forces of evil. The fact that he fights using plagues, curses, and the corpses of fallen enemies is irrelevant.
** And of course, Necromancer is a valid PC class. There are no alignments, no KarmaMeter and no moral choices, so the necromancers are just as heroic as all the other players (and in cutscenes, no one seems disturbed by the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bonehorrors, Bonefiends and Vampiric horrors]] that follow you around.)
*** See also ''[[{{VideoGame/Diablo}} Diablo II]]''.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' plays this trope even more straight. The Necromancer class is still just as valid in the PlayerCharacter's hands, but there are even more necromancer [=NPCs=] that are shown to be perfectly good, heroic, and well-adjusted people who just happen to fight using plagues, dark rituals, and undead minions. A necromancer named Trahearne even serves as the BigGood in the Personal Story.
* The good-aligned Bhaalspawn in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', including good [=PCs=] [[spoiler: and Imoen]]. Good people... whose divine heritage leaves them capable of transforming into unholy killing machines with a burning desire to slaughter everything nearby. Even when you can keep control of the slayer form, it still dings your KarmaMeter.
** Also, there's Cernd, a druid who can transform into a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]. In the ''Forgotten Realms'' setting, werebeasts are usually ChaoticEvil unless they find a way to control it, but Cernd is very mature and easygoing, and actually one of the most peaceful characters you can recruit. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just don't get him angry]].
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', a combination of KarmaMeter and GameplayAndStorySegregation means that no matter how many Dark Chips you use, Mega Man's personality stays exactly the same. He is always the hero, even if he relies upon his SuperPoweredEvilSide in every battle.
* [[CuteClumsyGirl Merrill]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a practicing [[BloodMagic blood mage]], demon summoner, and is [[BlackMage the only mage on the team incapable of healing others]]. Despite this, she's unfailingly kind, sweet, and naive, and wishes no harm to anyone, having turned to dark powers in the hopes of using them to aid her clan in regaining their lost glory. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Outside of gameplay]], she never expresses a desire to use said demons and blood magic ''on people''; she mostly turned to those avenues for utilitarian purposes.
** Jowan from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is also a blood mage, but while he does cause a few problems-most notably [[spoiler: poisoning Arl Eamon]]-he also shows regret for his actions and expresses a desire to fix his mistakes. If sent into the Fade to [[spoiler: fight the demon possessing Connor]], he will never consider making a deal. Or if told to leave, he'll [[spoiler: take on a new name for himself and help others escape the Blight.]] According to WordOfGod, Jowan was supposed to have been a companion to the PlayerCharacter, but was downgraded to just a NPC due to time shortage.
** The Mage Warden can quite happily learn blood magic and run around turning enemies into messy red stains, backing this up with a heavy focus on Entropic magic (which includes spells based around fear, death, and weakness), but they can also be a FriendToAllLivingThings who tries to solve problems diplomatically, only resorting to blasting people into goo when that fails.
** Most Mages in Thedas would argue this is the case, despite the Andrastian Chantry and Qunari's [[BadPowersBadPeople claims]] to the contrary. While there are always going to be a few who abuse magic, most want nothing more than to be allowed to practice their magic freely and live in peace. Just because they ''can'' throw fireballs at people, doesn't mean they ''will''. Sometimes, the treatment of mages can cause them to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil become exactly what the others expect/fear of them]]. An escaped Qunari mage in ''WebVideo/DragonAgeRedemption'', when caught and asked why, explains that after being told all his life that he was a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil dangerous, destructive thing]] he [[ThenLetMeBeEvil decided to ''accept'' that truth]].
** The Grey Wardens are revealed to owe their success to this. During the Joining Ritual, they willing imbibe Darkspawn blood in order to take [[TheCorruption the Taint]] into themselves, granting them increased strength, stamina and complete immunity to the Blight spread by the Darkspawn as well as the ability to sense said Darkspawn. Sadly, this [[PowerAtAPrice comes at the cost]] of only giving them [[YourDaysAreNumbered roughly thirty years]] [[DeadManWalking left to live]], before they eventually succumb to it's effects.
** Also, in the Warden's Keep DLC you can take this trope UpToEleven, by making use of the research of a Grey Warden blood mage who has learned to unlock power from the taint in a Grey Wardens blood. IF you choose to do this you get a couple of nifty tricks for your character based on their class.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' introduces Dorian, a magister who defected from Tevinter because he got tired of the corruption and slavery. Being generally kind and noble, if a bit arrogant and snarky, doesn't stop him from being a practicing necromancer, though unlike Blood Magic it isn't completely taboo so much as it is simply seen as somewhat creepy (though certain companions take issue with the idea of binding spirits to one's will).
** For a non-mage example, you can make friendly, snarky Alistair a Reaver in the first game, or play one yourself, and if you unlocked the specialisation in a previous play-through you don't even need to taint the Holy Grail equivalent with dragon blood to do so. Reavers are warriors who have powers gained from malevolent spirits which are based around creating auras of pain and drinking the souls of the slain.
* In both ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games, a character CAN choose powers that go against his/her alignment, but the cost to force power will be greater. This goes both ways; as healing powers cost more to a dark-sider.
** The Jedi Exile in the second game is revealed over the course of the game to be a [[HumanoidAbomination living Wound in the Force]], capable of unwittingly creating [[MagneticHero Force bonds]] with people and drawing the Force from those around them to empower themselves, akin to a [[ThePowerOfTheVoid Force black hole]]. Despite this, according to ''Literature/{{Revan}}'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Jedi Exile is held to have canonically remained on the Light Side.
* Light-side Sith are perfectly viable in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', and can be kind, honest, and honorable people whilst still utilizing the Dark Side and it's gifts of Force Lightning and rage-driven nastiness in combat.
** [[HonorBeforeReason Lord Praven]] is an example in the Jedi Knight storyline, he's an honest and honorable BloodKnight willing to give the player character an even chance of stopping his plot. [[spoiler:It is possible to [[HeelFaceTurn redeem]] him after beating him]].
* In ''VideoGame/JediAcademy'', Kyle specifically tells you that Force powers aren't inherently good or evil, it's how you use them that counts. For some reason, this doesn't keep Luke and him from berating you if you do decide to only use the "Dark" powers. That said, Kyle himself openly uses Force Lightning as a light-sider.
* ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' shows this in the form of Galen Marek/Starkiller. Granted, he starts out bad as Vader's secret apprentice, but as the game goes on, he finds himself fighting for the very side he was sent to destroy. Even so, he frequently uses Force Lightning every few seconds, and in the sequel, he gets the ability to max out his power by tapping into his fury, and using it to channel his attacks into unstoppable blasts.
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series has Mudo skills, which are based on darkness and can be used by both demons and humans.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has another example in one character who's closer to bad ''purpose'' good people. The entire reason for his existence is call Nyx to bring The Fall. However, due to gaining human form by means of a particular event ten years prior to the game, he is willing to at least try to delay The Fall even though he thinks that it is inevitable either way.
* [[spoiler:Malpercio]] from the ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' games. Despite making a DealWithTheDevil for dark powers, they're just normal people who are desperate to stop [[HumanoidAbomination something far worse]]. By extension, [[spoiler:Sagi]] could also qualify, seeing as how [[spoiler:he gets his power from a chunk of Marno]].
* Donovan Baine in ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' is a Dhampyr, or half-vampire. As such he is a powerful foe owing to being a creature of the night, and is shown in the questionably-canon anime to be a very powerful and resilient character. However, he laments over his 'cursed blood', looks after an emotionless psychic orphan, appears to be a pious Buddhist monk and generally does what he can to help protect humans from the less benevolent Darkstalkers. All of this with a demon broadsword as tall as he is on his back. Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling (Lei-Lei and Lin-Lin in Japan) are lesser examples.
* While not evil in itself, the Satsui no Hadou from ''StreetFighter'' roughly translates as 'the surge of murderous intent'. The known practitioners are all good (Ryu and Ken), not true users (Sakura based her style off of Ryu's), have perfected it to the point where the desire to kill is suppressed (Gouken) or morally neutral (Akuma/Gouki, who is driven to be the best fighter in the world, and will not kill a weak opponent, but will not hesitate to utterly destroy a strong one).
* Ysuran from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateDarkAlliance II'' is a {{necromancer}} who draws magic power from the [[TheDarkSide Shadow Weave]], but he's on the side of the good guys and is even described as possessing a strange desire to help everyone he comes across. [[spoiler:Downplayed by the fact that he learned his powers while working for terrorists, [[AmnesiacDissonance but has forgotten his past due to a magical accident.]]]]
* In ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', Riku ends up in this dilemma after being released from [[BigBad Ansem's]] control in the first game. [[spoiler:He assumes Ansem's form and dark powers again after ''358/2 Days's'' events in order to capture Roxas, knowing full well he may be screwing himself by doing so.]] Thankfully, it's resolved by the end of ''II''.
* Ashley in ''VideoGame/WildARMs2'' gains the power of the evil Lord Blazer very early in the game, and spends most of it determined that evil power can be used for good reasons.
* Blue Mages (and various equivalents) in several ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games can learn attacks & magics that are unique to enemies (pretty much Bad Powers by definition), but are the good guys.
** The powers of the [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Knights]] usually involve inflicting suffering, bear such ominous names as "Charon" and in at least [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV one game]] were shown to have the ability to drive their users insane, but plenty of good guys in the series fall into this class.
** Black Mages also fall into this, as their powers all revolve around [[ElementalPowers attacking with elements]], [[PoisonousPerson poison]] and [[TakenForGranite various]] [[OneHitKO other]] [[CastingAShadow maladies]]. This is particularly prevelent in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', in which [[ChildMage Vivi]] is persecuted against at times because of his similarity to [[spoiler:Kuja's army of black mages, for which he was the prototype]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the Arcanists' Guild is a scholarly society devoted to the mastery of GeometricMagic. Said magic manifests partly as summoning familiars or dealing NonElemental damage, but its most popular use is [[PoisonousPerson spreading plague and infecting crowds of enemies with crippling diseases]].
* This is discussed in ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction''--the "Noxious" element is directly opposed to the "Holy" one, and it's generally perceived as purely destructive, so the PC who specializes in it tends to worry about whether it will corrupt him. He's one of the nicer folks around, though, and eventually, he decides that DarkIsNotEvil.
* Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has an entire skillset based around the concept of [[CannibalismSuperpower eating people and using their biomass to fashion weapons]]. To get to the bottom of the conspiracy, [[BrainFood he eats people involved in it]]. If he needs a disguise, [[KillAndReplace he eats someone and assumes their form]]. [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The aforementioned eaten people are in his head]]. [[SociopathicHero He's still the closest thing the game has to a hero]], though, because at least he's trying to stop the infection threatening to destroy Manhattan, and the GovernmentConspiracy is even worse than he is.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', a player can build a mage character as a necromancer and slowly become a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] over time as they reach max level... and be LawfulGood all the way. In fact, it's impossible to be any moral alignment but good or neutral, though lawful and chaotic are still open.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' the Soul Eater Rune - as its name suggests - consumes the souls of friends and foes alike, but both of its known wielders are good guys through and through. At the end of the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI first game]], [[spoiler:Windy attempts to take the Soul Eater from Tir by force, but it refuses to accept her as it's master, even though, as she said herself, she was its ideal host, reveling in death and destruction, just like the Soul Eater]]. The Night Rune allows the existence of night creatures like zombies, but it's also only been used by good guys to slay vampires and such. Finally, while the Moon Rune, with its ability to bestow vampirism, has been used for evil purposes, its original bearer used it to save people who traveled into her forest and allowed the vampires she created to thrive without the need of blood.
** [[VideoGame/SuikodenIV The Rune of Punishment]] burns through a ''lot'' of bearers and ''does'' have a few 'bad guys' for bearers...but it isn't picky, and overall, its bearers tend toward unfortunate bystanders with varying degrees of innocence before an ArtifactOfDoom fused itself to their hand.
* Kerrigan in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' is a former FallenHero who was, in the previous games, one of the most reckless and vicious villains. After being partially turned back to normal at the end of the previous opus, she is now more of an sympathetic AntiHero who actually tries to be a better person. Her powers still consists in unleashing a HordeOfAlienLocusts to slaughter her ennemies, though.
* The Necromancers in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' franchise are an order devoted to maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil, but because Hell has the upper hand 90% of the time, in practice most of them are strictly heroic.
** The Witch Doctor in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' has scores of horrific powers, and a [[NightmareFetishist fascination with the macabre]]. However, he or she is genuinely nice, heroically inclined, a WarriorTherapist and a lot more personable than {{the stoic}} other classes.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Dragonborn is considered the ''ultimate'' Dragonslayer due to their ability to [[YourSoulIsMine devour the souls]] of slain Dragons to gain their knowledge and power, as well as their [[InstantExpert instant mastery]] of [[MakeMeWannaShout the Thu'um]] which allows them to [[RealityWarper reshape reality]] to their will. Over the course of the game, they learn Dragons Shouts that allow them to freeze or ignite enemies, tear their souls out or bend them [[MoreThanMindControl to their will]].
** Serana in the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, who despite being a [[MonsterLord Vampire Lord]] and {{Necromancer}}, is one of the [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire friendliest]] and most loyal companions in the game.
* The Lich in ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is a necromantic arsenal of doom that [[MakeThemRot rots]] everything it touches (and sometimes even a few things that it doesn't). The Revenant is a vampiric warrior class that can drain the life and soul of victims and go into a blood frenzy. Despite this, it's possible to attain angelic levels of goodness while playing either class.
* [[Franchise/SilentHill Alessa Gillespie]]'s [[RealityWarper powers]] are pretty much as far toward the "bad" end of the power spectrum as you can get. The character, though, is actually trying to ''prevent'' the end of the world, [[spoiler: by destroying herself before she can birth the Order's god]]. Her goal makes her the antagonist in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', but even there, the only person who she seems to want to harm is [[spoiler: herself]].
* The player can follow this path if they choose in Videogame/{{Dishonored}}. The EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity, The Outsider, occasionally bequeaths powers like teleportation and summoning swarms of rabid rats to those he finds "interesting," just to see what they would do with them. The frequency of those gifted immediately abusing their powers, like Daud (professional assassin) and Granny Rags (insane ritualist), is so high that the Outsider is considered the local {{Antichrist}}. Despite this, the player character Corvo Attano can refrain from using the more horrifying powers and instead pursue a non-lethal, low chaos run, to which the Outsider will comment on in a confused yet approving manner.
* Bayonetta and the entire [[WitchSpecies Umbra Witch]] clan from the ''{{VideoGame/Bayonetta}}'' franchise fall into this. They make contracts with demons, basically selling their souls to go to hell (called Inferno in this game) when they die, and in turn gain the ability to summon said infernal demons to slaughter their enemies (normally angels). They can [[BulletTime slow down time]] with the express purpose of using this ability to combo and kill their foes while they can't defend themselves, and can even [[ColdBloodedTorture summon horrible torture devices]] to kill their opponents as brutally as possible. Even so, they are never depicted as evil for a couple of reasons. First, they're needed to represent TheSacredDarkness opposite their counterparts and fellow guardians of [[MacGuffin the Eyes of the World]], the Lumen Sages, who possess [[LightEmUp light-themed]] versions of their powers. Second, [[LightIsNotGood angels are decisively not on the side of humanity]], while a few demons (but far from all) are suggested to be [[DarkIsNotEvil much nicer than you'd think]].
* Dark Magic, despite not being in and of itself evil, has a very bad reputation in the world of ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'', making the heroic sorceress Morgana (and potentially Guen herself) examples of this trope.
* The Occultist in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' draws power from [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Heart of Darkness]] itself]] to use against its forces, including summoning demonic tentacles and being possessed by it in some virtues and afflictions. Overlaps with TheDogBitesBack and DarkIsNotEvil.
* The clothier in ''{{Videogame/Terraria}}'' fights by hurling {{Hellfire}} bolts shaped like skulls. He will only use it against enemies that threaten him or other friendly [=NPCs=].
* Talion in ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' / ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' is a undead Ranger brought back to life by Celebrimbor, an Elvish wraith with the power to brainwash his enemies and take control of their minds. Both work together to protect Middle-earth from Sauron's evil forces, mainly by brainwashing his orcs and turn them against each other. However in the second game, [[spoiler: Celebrimbor is revealed to have gone mad with power and plans to rule Middle-earth himself by enslaving Sauron rather than destroying him making him a case of BadPowersBadPeople. Talion on the other hand becomes a even stronger example of this trope when he turns into an ''heroic Nazgûl'' when he is forced to take a Ring of Power to survive without Celebrimbor since he refuses to be on board with his plan]].
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can learn Dominate, which {{Mind Rape}}s an enemy into fighting for you for a short time. Paragon Shepard is just as capable of using it as Renegade Shepard.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shiki of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. With his demon assassin abilities and Mystic Eyes of Death Perception that shows him, "To kill this person cut on line / stab at point here," the only reason he isn't the '''Grim Reaper incarnate''' to anyone within his knife's reach are the migraines his powers give him while sapping his life away. But he acts just like an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent.
** Shiki of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' has much the same issue, only she does NOT have the headaches, and doesn't bother going to school. She's still neutral at worst.
** Also in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} one can make a credible arguement for Rider of the Fifth Grail War. Her real identity is [[spoiler: [[GorgeousGorgon Medusa]]]] and most of her Noble Phantasms aren't that nice. Blood Fort Andromeda drains people of their energy and eventually reduces them to piles of blood and organic ooze. Summoning her mount, Pegasus, involves creating a spray of blood by stabbing ''herself'' in the neck and the bridle Bellerephon is used to whip the normally docile beast (which in some interpretation of the myth is her own ''child'') into insane fury and bloodlust. The only exception is her mask, Breaker Gorgon, which seals her mystic eyes. Rider herself however is actually quite a nice person and something of a {{Woobie}} once you get to know her.
* During her first appearance in ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'', [[BewareTheNiceOnes Matou Sakura]] relies exclusively on her own shadow magic to defend herself and really doesn't do a very good job of it. After she's kidnapped, nearly turned back into [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Dark Sakura]] by Zouken Matou, and subsequently rescued with ThePowerOfLove, Sakura [[TookALevelInBadass Takes a Level in Badass]] and starts using her connection to [[TheDevil Angra Mainyu]] as the power source for her attacks while still remaining a textbook example of a NiceGirl. May also be an aversion of EvilIsNotAToy.
* The "Bad Boys Love" route of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' indicates that this was true of [[spoiler: Fujishiro Nageki when he was alive; he was the carrier for a fast-acting lethal-to-humans virus, and committed suicide to stop Dr. Shuu's attempts to weaponize it]]. By the end of the storyline (assuming you get the good ending), [[spoiler: Ryouta becomes a carrier for the same virus and chooses to be isolated to prevent it from spreading, hoping only that he'll be able to be cured some day]].
* Aoba of ''VisualNovel/DramaticalMurder'' has the ability to MindControl and MindProbe people with his voice, an ability that can [[MindRape permanently destroy people's minds]] if abused, and his powers are explicitly linked with death and destruction. He also has a SuperPoweredEvilSide that grows stronger the more often he uses his power. In spite of all of this, he's an unwaveringly good-hearted and selfless person who's horrified when he accidentally renders one of his friends comatose by entering his mind and finds a good use of his destructive powers in exorcizing the mental demons tormenting his friends/love interests.
** The same could be said of [[spoiler:Aoba's twin brother Sei]], who has the ability to brainwash people by merely looking at them but turns out to just be a lonely and abused pawn of the BigBad who asks Aoba to MercyKill him when they finally meet.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} has Qrow Branwen. His Semblance (or superpower, for the uninitiated) is passive, uncontrolled [[TheJinx misfortune]]. As he described it in-show, his Semblance helps him on missions against enemies, but makes being with friends and family hard for all parties involved. Despite that, he still managed to teach his niece Ruby how to wield her scythe, and both Ruby and Yang adore him to pieces.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Rilian from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' seems to embody this - as the first Necromancer, he uses his powers to help maintain the balance between life and death. And mess with people's heads. And Kick Jacob Deegan in the head until he understands that [[DarkIsNotEvil Death Is Not Zombies]]. In conversation with Dominic, it's pointed out that there ''are'' non-villainous necromancers whose primary duties revolve around funerary rites.
** That said, he gets ''way'' too much mileage out of his OmniscientMoralityLicense and has a strong tendency to be a JerkAss.
** Of course, when we find out that a few hundred years ago he was a jolly, friendly plump guy who seriously considered calling his new form of magic 'deathomancy,' it's a little sad how completely he's become what he is today. Dark may not be evil, but evidently it wears you down. Or maybe that's the thankless centuries of world-protecting with the face of a skull.
** The strip plays BadPowersBadPeople straight with all the infernomancers, though. They sold themselves to hell for power, and apparently it is either impossible to do that with good intentions, or impossible to hold on to good intentions for more than five minutes after doing so; "there is no such thing as an infernomancer with a heart of gold." Bulgak Adrak [[spoiler: cannot escape Hell until]] he fully accepts that he earned his place there and [[spoiler: repents. His soul then explodes. This is a ''good'' thing.]]
** WordOfGod says the demons are all fully, fundamentally evil for the same reason. They can't ''become'' demons without actively participating in the evil that is hell. Karnak has still managed to become a mystery on this score without truly approaching NobleDemon, only partly because since the war in hell he has started to get all kinds of really ''kick-ass'' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome moments]].
*** The mystery is resolved with TheReveal that [[spoiler:Karnak isn't a true demon, but a human mutated by the powers of Hell.]] He's still not a good person -- good people don't try to MurderTheHypotenuse or attack children -- but he isn't ''fundamentally'' evil.
* ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'''s Damian possesses immense demonic powers and shapeshifting abilities, but chooses to use them for nothing more than harmless pranks and to mess with others.
* The image is of "The Girl with the Skeleton Hand" from ''Webcomic/JohnnyWander'', readable [[http://www.johnnywander.com/comic/girl-with-the-skeleton-hand-1 here]] with a sequel [[http://www.johnnywander.com/comic/girl-with-the-skeleton-hand-2-1 here]].
* A comedic variant from ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' - Quine the ObstructiveBureaucrat is finally putting his dread powers of annoyance to good use, slowing down Starcon's pursuit by [[http://starslip.com/2012/04/02/in-his-element/ burying them in red tape]].
** Just about any of Mr. Jinx's myriad and horrifying biological functions would be the basis for a particularly disturbing Xenomorph expy. Instead, he uses them to save the crew.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** A Dragon Magazine comic has a Medusa who doesn't want to hurt people, so Durkon sets her up with a job where she petrifies the terminally ill, to be de-petrified when medical science advances enough to be able to cure them.
** The vampire [[spoiler:Durkon]] helps defend the Order against an attacking army with its HypnoticEyes and TouchOfDeath. [[spoiler:Subverted in that the vampiric spirit possessing Durkon is EvilAllAlong.]]
* In ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', Ruby's third eye qualifies. The eye can see things that her normal eyes can't, which did come in useful on a couple of occasions, but it also hurt like a motherfucker and bled rather nastily each time she used it. When it started to feel good, the genre-savvy players wisely decided to avoid using it.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg gains a [[EmpathicWeapon magic sword]] that can kill just about anything. This isn't so bad, since "anything" includes [[AlwaysChaoticEvil murderous, soul-stealing demons]]. The catch is that, to use this power, the sword needs to feed on the blood of the innocent before battle. Fortunately or unfortunately, Torg is usually able to find plenty of innocent people bleeding to death when he really needs it.
** It's worth noting that the sword can talk after coming in contact with innocent blood, and when Torg accuses it of being evil, it replies that [[DarkIsNotEvil it's only a sword, has no alignment, and will be used for good or evil depending only on the master who wields it]].
* Capricorn from Webcomic/{{Zodiac}} is demon-possessed and can willfully ([[BlessedWithSuck and sometimes unwillfully]]) transform from introverted teen to [[BreathWeapon fire-breathing]] monstrosity. She is not particularly fond of this situation and was quick to ask Aquarius to exorcise her when she found out that Aquarius was an advanced magic-user. Aquarius explained that she can't because demon-possession was [[CrossoverCosmology of a different religious school.]]
* In the webcomic "Zom Ben", the title character is a superhero whose power of turning into a zombie is gained from an amulet that Set gave him.
* This is pretty much the entire premise of ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl''. It starts off with a carefree, lighthearted guy playing around with a book called the Tome of Evil Said tome accidentally (maybe, turns out it's sentient) turns his room-mate into a demon-girl, whose unique stripes and hooves makes her the titular heroine of the strip. Now SHE'S the one with the bad powers, but it trying to keep as much of her life together as possible... While making things spontaneously combust when angered, having claws that can shred anything, every bodily fluid (WordOfGod says yes, ''every'' fluid) being highly corrosive, and gaining sustenance by devouring ''life force''. And coffee, which somehow is the only thing she can still taste properly given the acid-saliva. It's one long struggle to enforce this trope instead of slipping into EvilFeelsGood. [[spoiler:Then, to defeat an enemy who has completely embraced demonic power, Shandra does as well... and [[FaceHeelTurn doesn't look back]], inverting this trope for a very, very long time in-universe.]]
* With the exception of [[spoiler: Gamzee and his dancestor Kurloz]], most of the characters in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' with apparently evil attributes use them for good purposes. Karkat, the Knight of Blood, is a surly but essentially good character, and his dancestor Kankri at least ''tries'' to do the right thing. Likewise, the two doom players (Sollux and Mituna) are both heroic protagonists.
* Many characters from the expanded universe of ''Webcomic/{{Chiasmata}}'' qualify for this, like [[ILoveNuclearPower Misanthrope]], a friendly, social girl who is [[WalkingWasteland so radioactive]] that can't even be in the same room as anyone without some serious detriments to their health. There's also Saboteur, who has the ability to induce [[EntropyAndChaosMagic entropy]] in matter. However, she is a well meaning individual who is absolutely terrified of her abilities and the idea of hurting someone. Especially since [[SuperPowerMeltdown the combination of her powers awakening and an anxiety attack}]] has already caused a lot of damage.
** One character who plays with this trope is [[BloodyMurder The Devouring Hate]], who went on a murderous rampage after her loved ones were killed in a 564 attack, draining the blood of multiple civilians and turning it into a giant spiderlike construct, before being sedated and taken into custody by the Benefactors League. Some time and psychiatric care later she has regained most of her sanity and is [[TheAtoner genuinely remorseful]] for what she did, even though she wasn't exactly in the right mind at the time.
* Peligroso from [[Webcomic/HeroesUnite Heroes Alliance]] gains his power from a pact struck with a devil named 'Wraith'. He has some anger management issues, but uses his power to pound on the bad guys.
* In ''WebComic/CucumberQuest'' it eventually turns out that [[spoiler: [[BigBad the Nightmare Knight]]]] is an example of this. He's actually a pretty nice guy and doesn't want to hurt anyone, but he's also an EmotionEater who's powers are based entirely around fear and despair and is secretly terrified of being seen as weak. Worse, if people aren't scared of him, [[spoiler: than [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his children]], the Disaster Masters, will disappear because his powers are the only thing sustaining them; if he stops now, he'll kill them.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'', Tristram's VampiricDraining proves to be this [[spoiler:after he resolves his TrappedInVillainy issues and has a HeelFaceTurn]]. Used judiciously, it lets him store LifeEnergy from [[VegetarianVampire plants]], heal others by [[LiquidAssets transferring energy into them]], and subdue people harmlessly by siphoning just a bit of their power.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Cody Giles, AKA "Odelarch" from ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' is, in his true form, a large, putrid walking corpse whose powers include [[YourSoulIsMine devouring the souls]] [[HorrorHunger of the living]] and pooping them out a slaves he can use to spy for him or animate corpses, making any material (including dead flesh) rot at hyper-speed, killing anyone with a touch, inflicting any dissease on anyone with a touch, and draining all of the light out of an area around him. He wears a BlackCloak and wields a SinisterScythe. Despite all of this, he is an incredibly moral character, who is constantly concerned with doing the right thing and only devours human souls because if he did not, he would soon starve himself into a frenzy and eat hundreds of people.
** Other Liches, though, are much less benevolent.
* Shadowcloak from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. She can generate a "living darkness" that "feeds" on people's body heat. You just don't see too many heroic energy vampires.
* Tennyo from the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is effectively a human machine built for destruction. She's also a very shy girl firmly on the good side who likes reading and ballroom dancing.
** Sarah Waite aka Carmilla. Daughter of the demon Gothmog, granddaughter of the [[EldritchAbomination Shub-Niggurath]], descended from Cthulhu on the other side of her family, has LovecraftianSuperpower, eats by sucking the lifeforce out of living creatures, has killed humans to survive, and is predicted to wipe humanity off the face of the earth to be replaced with her spawn. She's trying to be a hero.
** Gotterdammerung can disintegrate matter by touching it, sometimes by accident, and his upper limit is somewhere around 700 kilograms. He's a shy WholesomeCrossdresser who just wants to be left alone.
* In his ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', LetsPlay, LetsPlay/{{Gronkh}} played an overall LawfulGood warrior... with the [[BloodyMurder Rea]][[SoulPower ver]] specialization.
* [[spoiler: John Lant]] from ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' tried to be this [[spoiler:but died before he had a chance to use them.]]
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-959 SCP-959]], a nice, ordinary guy who takes the form of [[YourWorstNightmare whatever distresses the viewer most]]. However he is every bit as distressed by their reaction as they are to seeing him and he is [[TheWoobie suffering from depression due to the lack of social interaction]]. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Also he's a diabetic]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-073 SCP-073]] is a polite, genial man who [[WalkingWasteland causes all plant life around him to whiter and die]]. Considering he's implied to [[TheBible biblical]] [[CainAndAbel Cain]] (who was a farmer), this is a problem for him.
* [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Millennial_King The Millennial King]] was created by /tg/ when the board wondered why there seemed to be no good {{necromancer}}s. The titular king becomes a BenevolentMageRuler who uses his necromantic creations to destroy the need for a menial worker caste and respects his citizens' right to refuse becoming undead when they die of natural causes. This is usually not a problem, as there are [[HundredPercentAdorationRating no shortage of volunteers]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[DarkIsNotEvil Raven]] in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', daughter of the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic]] Trigon and intended to serve in destroying the world. Instead, [[AntiAntiChrist she opposes him]] and fights for good with the other Titans.
** Also [[DarkMagicalGirl Jinx]], at least after her HeelFaceTurn. It's implied that she became a villain at least in part because she assumed BadPowersBadPeople meant she had to.
** And [[SuperSoldier Red]] [[ILoveNuclearPower Star]], who chooses to be an [[IronWoobie Iron Woobie]] over [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie Destroyer of Worlds]] when the latter is far, FAR, easier.
* Zak Saturday from ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''. His cryptid controlling powers turn out to be [[spoiler:the powers of Kur, the most evil cryptid to ever exist. Naturally, Zak fights against this dark nature within him and uses it to do good for the world. Although unlike some cases, he doesn't fully overcome the darkness within him as his powers are taken from him by Argost (who ends up destroying himself due to already having the antimatter version of that power), leaving Zak as a [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal person]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Firebending is an interesting example. At the time ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' takes place, the Firebending style that most people know is fueled by rage and hate. But a few characters, like Jeong Jeong and Zuko, have been known to use this style without becoming really evil, and we are shown enough to see that even the storm-trooper-like firebending FacelessMooks are just guys (and possibly girls) who happen to have taken the standard career path of 'benders in their nation and joined the army, which happens to be conquering the world. They presumably possess a standard variety of personal moralities, although the propaganda they're raised on can't help anything. A firebender in the first season even makes fire dragon constructs to entertain the crowds. [[spoiler:And the true, original style of Firebending, which Zuko later learns, is a creative, life-giving force (like the sun) taught to mankind by benevolent dragons. Aang and Iroh have also learned this style from the dragons.]]
*** Jeong-Jeong is a curious example in that he managed to turn firebending into something more defensive (though not entirely harmless) whilst still firmly believing that firebending was an inherently destructive ability, and envied the healing skill of waterbenders. Zuko, by contrast, needed to find the original source of firebending before turning his practice of it to a more positive use. Not that his use of it to express his feelings by turning the campfire into a pillar of flame in the BeachEpisode wasn't kind of cool, and basically harmless.
*** Lightning, a particular form of fire, is wholly aggressive and lethal and is used only by Azula and Ozai, both objectively terrible people. (Iroh, Zuko and Aang redirect lightning, but never use it actively.) But in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' lightning is used to generate electricity in powerplants, and Mako uses lightning in combat.
** [[TheLancer Katara]] learns to use [[PeoplePuppets bloodbending]], and she's firmly on the side of good. Unlike any of the previous examples, bloodbending is never redeemed either during the original series or ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': indeed, its use is banned by law.
* Marceline from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is a vampire, and can turn into a hideous monster when upset, but certainly isn't a bad person. It helps that she doesn't need to subsist on blood. It turns out [[spoiler: she used to be a vampire ''hunter'' and successfully eradicated the evil vampires, although she got turned in the process, but retained her morality.]]
** Flame Princess burns pretty much everything she touches, and has a compulsive need to destroy things, but is still a perfectly nice girl.
* WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom's Ghostly Wail. Danny first learned of this power when he saw [[FutureMeScaresMe Dark Danny]] using it. Since its only use is for [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique total destruction]], and the fact that it severely drains him of energy, Danny only uses it as a last resort.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Dr. Orpheus is a necromancer (though he says he uses the title because it sounds cool, he has done genuine necromancy) and is not only ''a'' good guy, but possibly ''the'' nicest character on the entire show.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' were made to believe their powers were bad in their movie because they were irresponsible with them. When they found out what responsibility meant, that changed them.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'':
** Cat Noir is one half of the [[BattleCouple Battle]] [[LovesMyAlterEgo Sorta-]][[TwoPersonLoveTriangle couple]]. 100% on the side of the good guys. It's ''hard'' to find a more "bad guy" power than his: his special attack is the messy and destructive "[[CallingYourAttacks Cataclysm]]" technique, [[MakeThemRot causing instant decay]]. Small objects are rotted to nothing, and large objects can be destroyed just as easily by rotting a vital spot into uselessness. If he were a bad guy, or even more AntiHero-ish and willing to use his attack against opponents directly, he'd be a ''terrifying'' character whose TouchOfDeath leaves everyone wondering why all these corpses that appear to have been left to rot about a hundred years are lying about. The idea of doing so has only ever occurred to him while under brainwashing, and once while he was still learning his powers (he tried, and fortunately failed, to use it on a MonsterOfTheWeek before realizing that those are human Akuma victims.)
** It's outright stated that the power of the black cat represents ''destruction.'' The head writer has said Chat Noir's FairyCompanion is named Plagg because it sounds like "plague."
** The BigBad is actually the reverse, using a power that exists to read hearts for worthiness and make heroes out of them in order to find and corrupt the emotionally vulnerable.
* Zigzagged in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Both Celestia and later Twilight Sparkle were able to use the same black crystal spawning magic of King Sombra that was ''explicitly'' referred to as dark magic fueled by fear and hatred. However the next season referred to it as "Alicorn" magic, meaning either it inherently isn't evil or Alicorns inherently ''are'' (the latter is '''highly''' unlikely). This has yet to be addressed any further in the series.